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Empowering Citizens Through
Constitutional Awareness and Capacity Building

Our Constitution, Our Stories

Our Constitution, Our Stories is a short film by We, The People Abhiyan, capturing real stories of active citizens across India.
Through this film, we hope to inspire citizens to own, understand and practice Constitutional rights and values in their daily lives.

THE NEED FOR ACTIVE CITIZENS

In any democracy, the quality of governance depends on two fundamental forces:  legal-institutional frameworks AND active citizens. 

 

Active Citizens are defined as those citizens who engage in a “broad range of activities that promote and sustain democracy”. This points towards two aspects. First, that active citizens undertake activities. Depending on the context, there could be a range of these – from voting, volunteering, petitioning, campaigning for elections, protesting, holding public hearings, to many others. The second aspect is that activities on their own are not sufficient. Active citizens must base these activities on certain values and principles that are essential for a democracy - like respect for others, freedom of choice, equal voice and participation, and respect for law, among others.

 

As the world’s largest democracy, this is what India needs. All citizens must be willing and able to act towards bettering their lives and communities while upholding constitutional values. Each citizen must be an active citizen. 

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OUR VISION

Every citizen participates, individually and collectively, in making all lives equal, free, just and dignified.

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OUR MISSION

To empower all citizens to own, understand and practice constitutional values, rights and responsibilities in their lives and communities.

OUR WORK ENCOMPASSES THESE SDGs:

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RATIONALE AND PATHWAYS

Active citizenship is a learned behaviour that requires a thoughtful and deliberate learning process. Therefore, our primary focus lies in implementing a large-scale, comprehensive, and impactful capacity-building program for citizens.

 

As depicted in the diagram, We, The People Abhiyan’s key initiative involves training and sustaining a network of Citizen Champions across various regions of India. These Citizen Champions, in turn, enhance the capacities of fellow citizens to foster positive changes in their lives and communities.

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Bolstering our Capacity Building endeavours are our Awareness efforts, which entail the dissemination of messages about active citizenship. This includes promoting actions, values, and success stories that inspire and encourage individuals to embrace their roles as proactive and responsible citizens.

 

Thus, the two defined pathways of our work are Capacity Building and Awareness and Visibility.

OUR IMPACT SINCE 2010

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4,489

Trainers Trained

22,12,640

Active Citizens

122

Partners

OUR PARTNERS

OUR SUPPORTERS:

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FEED FORWARD

"It was a great pleasure to attend your session at ILSS, Noida in August. Thank you for making the time and teaching us about the constitution. Ever since my return, I have a new found respect and interest in policies I read about in the news and how they tie back to the constitution. It was positively enlightening to see how many of our lived experiences are shaped by the constitution and how little we appreciate or even understand it."

- Jinny Uppal, Citizen Café Participant

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