The European Union (EU) is supporting the development of democracy and human rights around the world. The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) is the concrete expression of the EU’s intention to integrate the promotion of democracy and human rights into all of its external policies.
Civil society and non-governmental organisations play a crucial role in their societies, in providing policy input, following new initiatives and in holding governments accountable. They can be active actors in promoting democratic and market-oriented reforms based on shared values, i.e. rule of law, good governance and principles of sustainable development.
The EU provides assistance to civil society organisations through thematic programmes, such as the Non-state Actors and Local Authorities in Development programme, which encourages the latter from the EU and partner countries to help develop their countries. In Eastern Partnership countries, the EU has helped establish the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum which promotes contacts among civil society organisations of the EU and Eastern Partnership countries and facilitates their dialogue with public authorities.
What to see in the European Village:
Best human rights documentaries of the Docudays UA (Ukraine) Film Festival
Refugee children’ artwork and exhibition on rights and history of refugees in Ukraine
Master Classes on video advocacy and police monitoring
Debates with journalists within the Stop Censorship Campaign
Exhibitions of Counter Trafficking Comics and police monitoring photos
Kyiv Tolerance Club will teach salsa, merengue, bachata and read fairytiales to kids and Kharkiv Tolerance Club will teach African dances