12 Aug 2015
Lei Phyu, Communications & Social Media Analyst, Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP
Youth participate in a rubbish removal initiative in As-Salamieh, Syria. Photo: UNDP Syria
It pains me when people on social media comment that everyday civic engagement isn’t their responsibility and should be solely the work of governments and the UN.
Civic engagement is defined as “individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.”
We don’t all need to be leaders, but we should all take part in our society. If we get a cut, do we treat ourselves right away or do we wait for a leader to bring us a Band-Aid? If we want an improvement in our community done right, our way, why shouldn’t we take initiative rather wait for permission from a leader to do it for us? …