Connecting your voters globally - a report on 2018’s experiences and next steps
Our voters are increasingly living internationally. Take Germany as an example: 12% of the population are people born overseas, while 3.4 million Germans live abroad (OECD data). Mobilising voters abroad is important for strengthening our democracy and our Green parties.
The Global Greens movement can connect and mobolise Greens living abroad. The purpose of this session is to discuss strategies and ideas to increase participation in our parties fromGreen-minded voters abroad, particularly for our common EU election campaign. Current initiatives include Green parties collaboratively organising events in cities where significant expat communities exist. Examples will be shared from Greens doing this from Germany in Washington DC, Sweden in the Netherlands, from Africa and New Zealand.
Keli Yen, Global Greens Convenor
Dorothy Nalubega, African Coordinator for Global Greens Women's Network
Dorothy Nalubega is an activist for the rights of women, children and vulnerable groups. She is also the Chairperson and founding member of the East African Greens Federation Women's network, and African Coordinator for Global Greens Women’s Network, and an Executive member (Chairperson Women’s league) for Ecological Party of Uganda (Green Party in Uganda).
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Ulrich Kindermann, Global Greens volunteer
Uli Kindermann is a Global Greens volunteer. He is organizing a “Greens Abroad” meetup in Bonn and coordinating a network of German Greens working in international development cooperation.
Melanie Chapman, International Secretary, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand and New Zealand Councillor to the Asia-Pacific Greens Federation
Melanie has been the International Secretary for the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand’s for three years. She is a member of the party’s National Executive and is on the Council of the Asia-Pacific Greens Federation. Melanie returned to university in September 2018 for French language study (A1/A2) fulltime, in France. In recent years, professional experience has included diplomacy, skills systems, labour, governance, and policy. Clients include the International Labour Organization (UN) and various New Zealand government agencies, and higher education institutions. She holds a Master: Policy Studies from the University of Sydney, Australia.
Stefan Hochhuth, Member of OV Washington executive
Stefan Hochhuth is a Co-Founder of the first German Green Party local chapter overseas, the “Ortsverband Washington D.C.”. He’s been a member of the local chapter executive since their foundation in 2008 and leads the project “Gruene Weltweit” (German Greens abroad). He recently managed a virtual national elections absentee voting campaign with more than 50000 users from over 100 countries. He is an Economist and Social Scientist and runs a company that implements digital governance solutions.
- David Westsson, Member of the Swedish Greens and their party branch Convenor in The Hague