the elements such as freedom of speech, an independent judiciary, etc, that make up a democratic society
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Sudanese civil-society groups are courageously pressing forward with an agenda for real change.Is Sudan’s Uprising the Beginning of the End of Omar al Bashir?|John Prendergast|September 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Women also work as lawyers, teachers, civil-society activists, and entrepreneurs.Afghan Women Remind World Leaders: Don't Forget Us|Gayle Tzemach Lemmon|December 6, 2011|DAILY BEAST