“It’s a bit like Comic-Con, only all the heroes are real.” – VICE NEWS
Our global gathering of dissidents and pro-democracy advocates is right around the corner. We invite you to join our community of democracy champions, which includes human rights activists, dissidents, journalists, innovators, policymakers, tech experts, artists, and industry leaders, for an unforgettable three days in Norway’s historic capital city.
Meet our newly-announced speakers:
Lucy Kassa braves physical intimidation, death threats, and online smear campaigns to continue her journalism about the atrocities against civilians in the war in Ethiopia.
Tawakkol Karman, known as the “Mother of the Revolution” and “The Lady of the Arab Spring,” was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her non-violent struggle for democracy and women’s rights in Yemen.
Veronika Tsepkalo, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, and Maria Kalesnikava (sister of Tatsiana Khomich) spearheaded an opposition presidential campaign against Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, inspiring the largest protests in the country’s history.
And don’t miss performances by:
Ahmed Albasheer was named one of the twenty most influential people in the Arab world for his weekly political satire show “The Albasheer Show.”
Sakdiyah Ma’ruf uses words and comedy to fight Islamic extremism as the first Indonesian female stand-up comedian.