The DigitalSENSE Africa (DSA) an At-Large Structure (ALS) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), has endorsed the Civic Charter, in support of the global framework for people’s participation.
Confirming this in acknowledgement of the letter from the office of Civic Charter being coordinated by Berlin-based International Civil Society Centre (ICSC), the Executive Director, Operations at DigitalSENSE Africa Media group, Mrs. Nkemdilim Nweke, said that the endorsement has become imperative to highlight the importance of people's participation in all sphere of life, especially in governance of our society.
She noted that as a seasoned member of Justice, Peace and Development Center (JDPC) in Nigeria, the signing of the Civic Charter to engender global framework for people’s participation, comes naturally for DigitalSENSE Africa Media.
She also explained that the charter articulates a common set of civic and political rights that every citizen in the world should enjoy.
The Executive Director at DSA also pointed out that based on universally accepted human rights, freedoms and principles, the Civic Charter is a two-page document which people and organisations could sign on to and use as a basis to further secure their rights.
She emphasized that this could be used as a tool for awareness-raising, advocacy and campaign, as well as for initiating joint actions.
The Civic Charter, she maintained, promotes solidarity among local, national, regional, and global struggles to defend the space for civic participation.
Earlier, the Executive Director, Dr. Burkhard Gnarig congratulated DigitalSENSE Africa Media team for ratifying the Civic Charter, while urging for more active participation.
“Participating in shaping our communities is the lifeblood of democracy. With every signature added to the Civic Charter, we are one step closer to achieving the fair, inclusive world we all want,” he said.
Gnarig also commended the signatories, saying each endorsement of the civic charter brings the mission closer to link-minds.
“Thank you and congratulations to each and every organisation who has signed the Civic Charter. It is with this growing network of like-minded partners that we all edge closer to achieving our missions of a better, more sustainable world for all,” he declared.