Amsterdam, the Netherlands – September 15 is the International Day of Democracy, a word deriving from two Greek words: demos, which means “the people”, and kratein, which means “to rule”.
This year’s theme “Engaging Young People on Democracy”, set by the United Nations, highlights the challenges and opportunities of young people engaging in democratic processes. People between the ages of 15 and 25 constitute a fifth of the world’s population, with the highest proportion in developing countries.
“Countries everywhere need to harness the power of youth in formal politics for the sake of democracy”, says the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), for the International Day of Democracy 2014.
AWEPA has been working to strengthen the capacity of parliaments in Southern, Western, Central and Eastern Africa for the past 30 years. Besides supporting the development of African parliament’s competence and authority, AWEPA has also been involved in several election observation missions. This is why, on this date, we are sharing some unique and powerful moments depicted in AWEPA’s photo archive:
AWEPA will continue supporting democratic processes across Africa and will pay particular attention to the outcomes of upcoming parliamentary elections. It is worth mentioning that, in light of the general elections in Mozambique on 15 October 2014, AWEPA has already implemented various capacity building activities, while many more have been scheduled in the framework of its “Strengthening Democratic Institutions in Mozambique” Programme.
“It is not our diversity which divides us; it is not our ethnicity, or religion or culture that divides us. Since we have achieved our freedom, there can only be one division amongst us: between those who cherish democracy and those who do not.”― Nelson Mandela.