The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in partnership with the Nigeria-based Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) will hold a special forum to mark this year’s AU Democracy Day on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the Ghana International Press Centre.
The forum, which is under the theme “Strengthening Marginalised Voices for Democratic Development: The Role of the Ghanaian Media,” is aimed at sensitising the media on the need to effectively amplify voices of marginalized groups and their inclusiveness in the democratic processes of the country.
The event will bring together representatives from the Ghana Federation of the Disabled, Gender Activists and Women’s Groups, Civil Society Organisations, representatives from some deprived communities and the media community to discuss effective ways of strengthening marginalised voices in public discourse.
The celebration of the AU Democracy Day forms part of activities under a project by the two organisations (MFWA & CDD-Nigeria) – Monitoring Ghana’s Implementation of International Instruments on Democracy and Governance.
The project focuses on tracking and reporting the status of Ghana’s implementation of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Good Governance (ACDEGG) and the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance (EPDGG).
The project will also involve other activities that highlight and popularise the two key international governance instruments in Ghana, with the view to increasing public demand for the Ghanaian government to fulfil its obligations and responsibilities under the Charter and Protocol.
The International Day of Democracy is marked every September 15 across the globe to celebrate democracy. The theme for this year’s celebration is Strengthening Voices for Democracy.
Issued by the MFWA in Accra on September 17, 2013
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