International Day of Democracy - UNA-USA

Activate for Democracy in 2020

As we approach the 2020 elections in the United States, it is important that UNA-USA chapters are equipped to participate in effective and responsible civic engagement. Democracy is key to respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms. It only works if everyone is well-represented.

Democracy is a core value of the United Nations. The UN supports democracy by promoting human rights, development, and peace and security. As a nonpartisan organization, UNA-USA encourages chapters to reach out to their communities and help everyone get involved in the democratic process.

The UN as an institution has done more to support and strengthen democracy around the world than any other global organization. Every year, the UN recognizes the International Day of Democracy on September 15. International Day of Democracy is an opportunity to urge all governments to respect their citizens’ right to active, substantive and meaningful participation in democracy.

Celebrate Day of Democracy with your chapter and surrounding community!

WHAT TO PLAN:

  • Host a voter registration drive. 
  • Encourage and help people utilize absentee voting to stay safe during COVID-19. 
  • Be a part of democracy and share information on how to work at the polls on Election Day.
  • Promote voter engagement by educating members and the community on ballot issues, hosting Get out the Vote events, and holding presentations relating to civic awareness. You can do this virtually via social media and virtual meetings/presentations!
  • Participate in National Voter Education Week (October 5-9).

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While celebrating democracy, you can also celebrate that 2020 is the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States! Women’s suffrage was instated on August 18th, 1920 via the 19th Amendment, which reads: 

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

It’s important that we reflect on the history of the women’s movement and the important role women play in every society around the world. 

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