The Freedom Project 2012 online voting starts today, 13 August 2012. There are
21 projects nominated to compete for the jury and the people’s choice awards.
However, all are outstanding programs that promote participatory democracy, protect
human rights, advance free trade and campaign for good governance – ultimately,
allowing individuals to enjoy freedom.
Entries were received from government agencies, local government units, and non-government
organizations nationwide. The projects range from ensuring the implementation
of national government programs, which in turn encourages more participation in
governance, to enactment of local ordinances that guarantees that basic rights
Online voting will run until 6pm on Friday, 31 August 2012. A
documentary will be produced on the winning projects, including that of the
jury’s choice, which will be shown on the awards night on 06 December 2012.
“Given the number of entries and the kind of projects nominated this year,
we see that people perceive freedom differently, but there is also a common understanding
that it is what benefits an individual and his or her community. The Freedom Project
highlights this so that freedom does not remain a vague concept but something
one experiences in his or her daily life,” said Jules Maaten, Country Director
of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF). FNF is a German liberal
foundation, and this is the second year it organizes The Freedom Project.
to vote for your freedom. A valid email address is required to vote. A link will
be forwarded to the registered email address, which has to be clicked before the vote can be counted.