Some characteristics of active citizenship

A number of key characteristics of active citizenship might be identified:

- Community participation (involvement in a voluntary activity or engagement with local governance authorities)
- People’s empowerment to play an active role in decisions or processes affecting them, in particular in relation to public services and policies
- Knowledge and understanding of political, social and economic context of their participation, in order for them to take informed decisions
- Capability to challenge policies or actions and existing structures based on principles such as equality, inclusion, diversity and social justice.