How important is democracy?

Democratic principles and participatory debate lead to social justice and prevent extreme inequalities from arising. Yet democratic debate has many enemies and it is necessary to fight to defend it, time and again. Solidar Suisse ensures that disadvantaged people know their rights and are able to participate in political processes. 

No social justice without democracy

Our experience shows that without participation and democratic principles there is little prospect of social justice and none of sustainable development. There is also no prospect of democracy without fundamental human rights like freedom of opinion, association and speech.

Also the number of countries that restrict the registration of trade unions has risen. The right to strike was violated in 85% of countries and workers were subjected to violence in 52% of countries. This concerning trend has been exacerbated by moves by governments to use measures associated with Covid-19 to further curtail workers’ rights. 

Women in Mozambique applaud at a village meeting Women in Mozambique applaud at a village meeting

Women's participation and voice are particularly important. © Jürg Gasser

Participatory debate and public service

Solidar Suisse advocates for disadvantaged people to be provided with access to services and resources. We strengthen the efforts of grassroots groups to develop efficient and democratic structures. In doing so, we primarily invest in training for women and young people to enable them to participate in political processes on an equal footing. 

This provides the population with more control over the use of public funds, which leads to sustainable public investments and improvements to the rule of law. Through our projects, we ensure that fountains, schools and healthcare centres are set up in the places where they are most urgently needed. 


Democratic principles and participatory debate lead to social justice. Solidar Suisse fights for people to know and be able to demand their rights.

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Democracy contributes to social justice. Solidar Suisse supports groups worldwide who fight for their rights. Help us in this!

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