Active Citizenship And Slacktivism

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Introduction: In both of the following essays that make up project one, I aim to define “active citizenship” as well as “Slacktivism” while referring and including both multidimensional citizenship and unravelling the meaning and connection to the A21 movement. All together it should elaborate on how active citizenship is interpreted in a global context and how the new media poses opportunities as well as threats on active citizenship. Questions One: What is active citizenship? As we know it, it refers to adopting and accepting the participation of citizens to improve either their local community or international community. This is done through small ventures or educating their community on democratic participation, skills and values.…show more content…
Active citizenship can be as small as a campaign to clean up your street or as big as educating young people about democratic values, skills and participation” (Open Society Foundations, 2017). Multidimensional Citizenship, on the other hand, connects a certain number of dimensions that consist of actions, beliefs, a substantial and well-rounded vision of citizenship. There are four main dimensions in the 21st century, namely: personal, social, spatial and temporal. These dimensions cater specifically for 21st Century problems rather than the traditional problems. These dimensions require us to take all factors and angles in consideration to support and encourage critical thinking. The personal dimension describes our commitment and willingness to act with our heart and mind to be an active citizen. The spatial dimension involves a consideration of a much wider community, not just locally but also regionally, nationally and globally. This also involves changes in technology, communications and trade which connects to the interdependence of people and the interconnectedness, allowing us to state issues that could transcend boundaries and form solutions by working…show more content…
Looking at personal aspects, A21 approaches human trafficking specifically as a Christian organisation. They consider intellect and statistics equally to religious values. The organization strongly supports human rights and consider the political, economic and social roles that play into context. The organisation aims to take great care of the victims by providing them services such as psychological and medical aid while fighting for justice and resolve the conflict by means of law enforcement. It is clear that A21 strongly supports and fights for human rights not only through legal actions but also by means of active involvement, by providing counselling and therapy, they can prevent long term problems in society involving psychological trauma along with proper education groups to help victims get back on their feet in
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