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Online Workshop: Shrinking population and shrinking democratic space? Lessons from civil society

Thursday, 16 November 2023, 14:00 - 15:30 CET, Online

Simultanübersetzung Englisch-Deutsch wird während der gesamten Veranstaltung angeboten. / English-German simultaneous translation will be offered throughout the event.

We invite you to join eminent experts from science, policy and civil society to discuss the relationship between demographic changes, territorial inequalities and the rise of anti-democratic attitudes. A special focus will be given to the effective (counter)measures by civil society: Can civil society counter the anti-democratic and anti-diversity forces at the local level? How can decision takers and policymakers strengthen the civic engagement for inclusion and social cohesion?

Our renowned speakers will present key issues and examples from different European regions via short contributions (5-7 min). Following the presentations, the workshop participants will have the chance to exchange knowledge and experience from their professional areas and regions. 



Eter Hachmann, Deputy for Social Affairs, Education, Youth and Senior Citizens, City of Dessau-Roßlau 

Harald Weilnböck, Co-founder of Cultures Interactive (NGO) and Framework Partner of „Live Democracy!” Federal Program (Germany) and “OppAttune” (EU)

Jamuna Oehlmann, Co-CEO of National Committee on Religiously Motivated Extremism in Germany and member of the European Union’s Radicalisation Awareness Network

Michael Woods, Professor of Human Geography, Aberystwyth University

Shaban Sidratu Jah, President and Co-Founder of European Network of Women of African Descent - SLW and Board Member of European Network Against Racism






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The project “Regional population diversity and social cohesion in local contexts” is funded by Stiftung Mercator.