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Standing Together to Defend the Civic Space and Freedoms

12.12.2018 in Blog

SPACES FOR CHANGE ‘s| S4C’s regional workshop, Promoting and Defending Internet Freedoms in Nigeria,  held on September 5, 2018, brought together 35 online practitioners in Enugu State, South-East Nigeria, to increase their capacity to push back against the increasing tide of restrictions on civic spaces often targeted at…

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PART B | Closing Spaces for Civic Engagement and Civil Society in Nigeria

12.12.2018 in Blog

The report, Closing Spaces for Civic Engagement and Civil Society in Nigeria, generates a database of closing spaces across Nigeria, presenting the evidence of restrictions on citizens and civil society operations, perpetrated under the guise of ‘national interest’, ‘national security’ and ‘other money laundering and terrorism financing…

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S4C Participates in Writers’ Retreat in Brazil

12.12.2018 in Blog

Human rights activists and researchers from across the world came together at a Writers’ Retreat in  Sao Paulo, Brazil to share ideas and strategies for confronting closing civic spaces. SPACES FOR CHANGE participated in the 7-day retreat. The participants are all working on the issue of reclaiming civic…

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Closing Spaces for Civil Society: Lessons from Nigeria

31.03.2017 in Blog

Spaces for Change’s executive director, Victoria Ohaeri, shared the findings of the organization’s research on closing spaces for civil society in Nigeria at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Private Sector Consultative Forum held at the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes in Vienna,…

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El-Rufai: A critic’s desperation for silence

30.01.2017 in Blog

On October 26, 2016, Dr John Dan Fulani, public commentator and lecturer at the Kaduna State University, was arrested and detained for 13 days. His offense: he made a Facebook post criticizing the government of Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna State. A reporter with a…

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Confronting Closing Spaces for Civil Society Activism

22.03.2016 in Blog

How did Spaces for Change transform from a Facebook jaw-jaw group into an international research and advocacy organization working to strengthen the participation of excluded groups – women, youth and communities – in social and economic governance in Nigeria? How is the organization using the…

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Should Nigeria regulate the social media?

08.03.2016 in Blog

Should Nigeria regulate the social media? This the one major determination that the March 7, 2016 public hearing on the Frivolous Petitions Bill – also known as the Social Media Bill – aimed to make. The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters conducted…

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