On International Democracy Day 2022, the Global Democracy Coalition will hold an event to celebrate democracy activism and democracy defenders and to discuss the most effective ways to support them in advancing and protecting democracy worldwide. The event will highlight stories from Global Democracy Coalition members and their partners. The aim of the event is to show how the defense of democracy takes different shapes across varying contexts and identify similar strategies and common challenges so all may learn from the experiences of others. The discussion will include democracy assistance organizations from the coalition’s members in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

The event will take place online and in person on Thursday, September 15, from 8:30 to 3:00 p.m. EDT.


    8:30 In-person registration and coffee
    9:00 – 9:15 Opening remarks by Kevin Casas Zamora, International IDEA
    9:15 – 10:30 Panel 1: Democracy Defenders in Diverse Contexts
    10:45 – 12:15 Panel 2: Supporting Democracy Defenders
    12:30 – 2:00 Lunch
    2:00 – 3:00 Panel 3: The Role of Philanthropic Organizations in Protecting Democracy