September 12, 2023     cib    

The Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD) together with the Development Partners Network on Decentralisation and Local Governance (DeLoG) will be hosting another Local Democracy Talks on "Morality Policies - 4 strategies to end discrimination locally". This particular event will focus on how decentralization and strengthening local democracy can aid in resisting autrocratic tendecies in countries where democracy is retreating. During the talks four different strategies will be discussed, including tools and incentives that local governments can use to respond to anti-rights policies. Using the expert knowledge of various panelists, five cases will be discussed to demonstrate the relevance of the different strategies.

The panelist include:
– Wawan Mas’udi, Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia, author of the research project “Morality Policies and the Prospect for Inclusive Citizenship in Decentralized Indonesia.”
– Shora Esmailian, journalist, author and women’s rights activist from Iran/Sweden
– Carol Muga, Nairobi County Assembly, Kenya
– Julia Sällström and Diana Bogelund, Roma information- and Knowledge Center, Malmö City, Sweden
– Olga Ditsie, Mayor of Jwaneng Town, Botswana
– Sergeant Kgosietsile, HBTQ activist and former councilor in Gaborone, Botswana

Cases to be highlighted:

  • Local politicians’ use of morality policies in Indonesia (presentation of new ICLD research)
  • Protests against the morality police in Iran
  • Child- and youth inclusion in Kenya
  • LGBTQ advocacy and GBV in Gaborone, Botswana
  • Discrimination of Roma communities in Sweden


To learn more about the event and to register make sure to click this link.