The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), like Young Voices, looks for ways to empower and celebrate young people who are making an impact on their world. This year, they awarded Young Voices Advocate Vera Kichanova, along with three others, Democracy Awards for their work promoting human rights, freedom of expression and freedom of association.
From the announcement:
Kichanova was elected in March 2012 as a municipal deputy in Moscow’s Yuzhnoye Tushino district. As a member of the municipal council she fights for more transparency on the part of the local authorities. Kichanova is an avid journalist and civic activist who has been arrested for her outspoken defense of democratic principles.
You can read her remarks here. Vera was also honored by NED in their list of 30 activists under 30 for her work supporting human rights, freedom of expression, and freedom of association in her home country of Russia.
Over half of the world’s population is under the age of 30, those who will define the progress of democracy in the 21st century. NED will be there to support and stand with them.
We at Young Voices agree! Great job Vera!
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