International Day of Democracy

Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra, AustraliaThe International Day of Democracy is marked on the 15th of September This year’s theme – Engaging Young People on Democracy – highlights the challenges and opportunities of young people engaging in democratic processes.

People between the ages of 15 and 25 constitute a fifth of the world’s population. In many developing countries, the proportion is even higher – with the majority of young people today living in low – and middle-income countries.

Yet study after study shows declining faith among young people in politics as we know it, with decreasing levels of participation in elections, political parties and traditional social organizations across the world. This applies to both established and emerging democracies.

At the same time, informal, youth-led movements for democratic change are on the rise in a number of countries – including in fragile states. Using new communication channels in social networks, young people are making their mark on democracy-building in untraditional ways.

Participate in the International Day of Democracy social media campaign by posting stories of your own participation in democracy on Facebook and Twitter with the #DemocracyDay hashtag.