Day One: Side Event

Side Event
Title of Side Event: Making our voices heard: Civic action to fight Corruption

Facilitators: Shaazka Beyerle, Senior Advisor, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, USA
Annie Enriquez Geron, General Secretary, Public Services Labor Independent Confederation, Philippines
Arwa Hassan, Senior Programme Coordinator, Middle East and North Africa, Transparency International, Germany
Amalia Konstanyan, Chairwoman, Transparency International - Armenia

Date: Thursday 11:00 to 12:30
Location: MC 3.4

The 13th IACC has stated that "citizen participation" is a key area of focus in terms of the central role of fighting corruption vis-à-vis development, peace and human security. But what power do people have, and how can they make their collective voice heard and pressure those sustaining or engaging in corruption? Around the world, anti-corruption advocates are mobilizing their fellow citizens to curb corruption - using nonviolent strategies and tactics, such as noncooperation, civil disobedience, protests, digital technology communications, and coordinated, low risk mass actions. From one million boy and girl scouts counting books in the Philippines, to thousands using mobile phones to document fraudulent election practices in Egypt, to 30 million Turkish citizens turning off their lights to demand specific reforms, people can and are making their voices heard.

This interactive workshop will introduce key concepts of civic empowerment and action, and anti-corruption advocates will share lessons learned from recent grass-roots, citizen participation campaigns. Participants will have the opportunity to present other cases as well as their own experiences. Complementary educational materials will be distributed.

For further information please contact:
Shaazka Beyerle
, Senior Advisor, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, USA