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Call for Applications: Political Management Training for Young Progressives 2017

Call for Applications: Political Management Training for Young Progressives 2017

Deadline for Submission: March 27, 2017Training Dates:  PMT 1 - May 12-16, 2017 || PMT 2 – October 28- November 4, 2017 Download PMT application FormThe Network for Social Democracy in Asia is now calling for applications for the new batch of Political Management Training for Young Progressives, an institutionalized regional program that capacitates its young, emerging leaders from its ranks with tools that aid and advance their political work.  Our network's training program also seeks to consolidate these young leaders to help advance collective goals in the future under their progressive leadership.Objectives· Develop knowledge and skills of and promote social...

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SocDem Asia Statement on International Women’s Day

SocDem Asia Statement on International Women’s Day

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, women across Asia continue to struggle under the economic, social and political conditions and institutions that have placed them as second-class citizens in their countries. Celebrating Women’s Day is recognition of past achievements and present battles. Progress for women’s rights varies across the continent. Each country has a different set of challenges for women to overcome. However, the existing institutions of economic, social, cultural and political order are still tilted against women. That is true for all Asian women.  Asian women and their allies are persistently campaigning to upend and alter the laws, customs...

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The Network for Social Democracy in Asia:  2016 Highlights

The Network for Social Democracy in Asia: 2016 Highlights

Following in the footsteps of years of dynamism and productivity, 2016 saw Socdem Asia spearheading various activities and publications with a focus on grassroots democracy in Asia, energy security, gender equality, and building open and safe societies in an age of terror and strongman populism. The year saw Socdem Asia organizing major events, which gathered leading progressive thinkers and activists from the Asian region and beyond. This year also had focused on capacitating activists at different level on campaigning, political management and inclusive policy development work. Without a question, the year was a difficult one for progressives around the world...

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Socdem Asia hosts Conference on Energy Security:  Advancing a Progressive Response to the Energy Challenge

Socdem Asia hosts Conference on Energy Security: Advancing a Progressive Response to the Energy Challenge

With energy security being a persistent programmatic thrust of Socdem Asia, the network brought together members of political parties, think tanks, civil society organizations, diplomatic community, and government officials from Indonesia, Malaysia, Germany and the Philippines in a dialogue about shifting to more rene wable sources of energy. The conference which was held earlier this November was housed in Discovery Primea, Makati Philippines.  It was made possible through the cooperation of Socdem Asia, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and Active Citizenship Foundation.    The conference sought to weigh-in lessons from national and international experiences that will help inform a progressive energy security agenda.  It also...

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Socdem Asia Statement on Closing the Gender Gap

Socdem Asia Statement on Closing the Gender Gap

Much has been achieved in the advancement of women’s rights in the fields of public service, business, academe, arts and culture. Such advancement was the fruit of the persistent struggle of the women whose defiance to break successive glass ceilings was often met with scorn, disdain and violence. It is true that in some societies the women’s movements have already brought their countries to greater progress while in others the challenges to empowerment persist and the struggles continue to play out. Therefore, as progressives and feminist women and men, we commit to join together to contribute in closing the gender...

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Who is really guilty of Sedition?

Who is really guilty of Sedition?

By Howard Lee His Majesty’s “Loyal” Opposition The Westminsterial Parliamentary system which our Nation’s founding fathers and mothers agreed upon, was one that afforded the Opposition the title of “His Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. The Loyal Opposition is an integral and irreplaceable branch of the Parliamentary/ Legislative institution. This is not just the...

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Joint Statement of SOCDEM Asia and the Progressive Alliance about the Imprisonment of Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim

Joint Statement of SOCDEM Asia and the Progressive Alliance about the Imprisonment of Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim

  We, as progressive political parties in both government and opposition worldwide, are deeply concerned about the imprisonment of Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. His case raises internationally worrying questions about the independence of the judiciary and rule of law in Malaysia.   The selective and politically motivated prosecution of members of the...

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SOCDEM Asia facilitates Youth Leadership Training in Timor Leste:  “ Building Strength, Spreading the progressive agenda”

SOCDEM Asia facilitates Youth Leadership Training in Timor Leste: “ Building Strength, Spreading the progressive agenda”

The Network of Social Democracy in Asia (Socdem Asia) provides a platform for developing progressive discourse and deepening the practice of democratic values amongst sister political parties, progressive politicians, academicians and activists within the region. Regular regional conferences are convened to discuss pressing crosscutting issues and develop alternative and progressive...

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SOCDEM Asia Celebrates the Nomination of Rui Araujo as East Timor’s Prime Minister

SOCDEM Asia Celebrates the Nomination of Rui Araujo as East Timor’s Prime Minister

Socdem Asia is extremely delighted by the auspicious developments in East Timor, as long-time pro-democracy activist and former health and deputy-prime minister Rui Araujo prepares to become the country’s prime minister.  Mr. Araujo, who hails from opposition Fretilin party and has long been seen as a favorite to become the...

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Statement on Education

Statement on Education

Against the backdrop of high youth unemployment and growing inequality, which has been ravaging much of the world, we uphold that the human right to Education is an indispensable public good that not only enables individual freedom from ignorance and insecurity but also propels the national economy and fosters societal...

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