|Call for Application: 2021 Gwangju Democracy Forum Parallel Session|
|Date : 2021-02-10 Hit : 825|
Call for Application: 2021 Gwangju Democracy Forum Parallel Session
You are cordially invited to apply to organize a parallel session during the Gwnagju Democracy Week on 17 to 21 (Monday to Friday) 2021. More detailed information will be provided for further consultation with you including time and date of your session once you are selected. The deadline for the submission is 28th February (Sunday) 2021.
- Application Link: https://bit.ly/3tHf6h1
- Duration: February 10, 2021 to February 28
Gwangju Democracy Forum (GDF)
1. The Gwangju Democracy Forum (GDF) is an annual international meeting of the May 18 Foundation to bring
together democracy advocates, activists, researchers and policy-makers to discuss and reflect on the state and
challenges of democracy at the local, national, and global levels as a way to commemorate and practice globally
the spirit of the 1980 May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising.
energy and reshape the vision in the context of the emerging challenges to democracy in Asia and the world as
recently illustrated in Hong Kong, Thailand, and Myanmar as well as in the United States and some European
3. The 2021 GDF is organized by the May 18 Foundation in partnership with international and domestic civil
society organizations and public institutions in South Korea with financial support from the Metropolitan City of
Gwangju. An international working group composed of several key partner organizations is to be formed prior to
the GDF in order to develop common agendas and action plans.
4. The GDF will take place for 5 days from 17 to 21 May (Monday to Friday) 2021 during the Gwangju Democracy
Week in a hybrid and virtual manner. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all overseas participants will be
invited to join the GDF virtually while some participants in South Korea will be invited to attend the sessions
physically in Gwangju.
5. May 18 will be devoted to the official ceremonies such as the 41st Anniversary of the May 18 Democratic
Uprising Ceremony at the National Cemetery in Gwangju and the Ceremony of the Gwangju Prize for Human
Rights at the May 18 Memorial Foundation, and the opening session of the 2021GDF.
6. The specific objectives of the 2021 GDF are i) to assess the emerging threats and challenges to democracy
movements, ii) to develop common agendas for joint actions based on shared understanding and analysis and iii)
to contribute to a stronger international networking and coalition-building among democracy advocates and
7. Under the theme “Post-Pandemic Glocal Democracy - Impact, Challenges, and Opportunities”, around 18
thematic sessions are to be organized under the 5 thematic clusters which are i) Democracy in Asia – Threats
and Challenges, ii) State Violence and Impunity, iii) Inclusive and Participatory Democracy, iv) New Challenges
and Opportunities for Glocal Democracy and v) Roles of Democracy Movements and Civil Societies
8. The 2021 GDF is expected to be more global in scope, participatory in process, and action-oriented in outcome
in order to tackle the new challenges to democracy movements today. Through an open call for applications,
more CSOs and groups will be invited to join the GDF, and concrete action agendas with campaign strategies
will be discussed and adopted for follow-up action plans.
9. All winners of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights will be invited to join the various sessions to share their
experiences, insights and expertise, and furthermore, they will have an annual summit during the GDF.
10. About 10 to 15 sessions are expected to be organized by partner organizations that share a common vision
and mission of the May 18 Foundation, and are willing to share their expertise and resources to join the
common struggles to promote glocal democracy in accordance with the Spirit and principles of the Gwangju
11. Youth challenges program will be organized to motivate more youths to join the GDF in various cultural forms
such as music, printed art, audio-visual art, and performance.
12. An open call for application will be sent out to all interested CSOs or groups to enable them to make a
proposal to organize a session during the GDF. A small amount of funding will be provided for an successfully
selected organization or a group.
Structure of the Agenda for GDF 2021
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