EXPLORING FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND SOCIAL CHANGE
How do we, as youth, engage our communities to promote national democracy through freedom of speech?
Date(two separate sessions): November 15th OR November 18th, 2016
Time: 7am ET / 2pm JT / 5:30pm IST
Although protected as a human right in many countries’ constitutions, some governments are still guilty of overstepping their citizens’ right to freedom of speech. Furthermore, governmental commitments to this right are often tested in times of national and international conflicts. In extreme cases, journalists and activists are censored, or even jailed, due to government repression. At the same time, in today’s technology-enabled world, there are more channels for expression than ever before. It is critical for today’s youth to have strong foundational understandings of self-expression as a guaranteed human right, their responsibilities to utilize this right, and the validity of their voice for positive social change.