Governments reminded that democracies need strong civil society

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Representatives of Civil Society, Sierra Leone. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe (file)

Discussions about gender equality must not be isolated from discussions about democracy and civil society.

That's according to a panellist of the “Space for Civil Society” event, marking the UN International Day of Democracy on 15 September.

This year's theme is a reminder to governments that successful and stable democracies require the presence of freely operating civil society groups.

Siobhan Garside asked Nilda Bullain, from the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), for her reflections on the UN Secretary General's statement that "civil society is the oxygen of democracy".

Duration: 3'59"

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