“You are a citizen where you are defined by your contribution, by what you create in the company of others, not by what you consume.” Mike Green
Citizenship can be formally defined as the status of a person recognised under the custom or law of a state that bestows on that person (called a citizen) the rights and the duties of citizenship. That may include the right to vote, work and live in the country, the right to return to the country, the right to own real estate, legal protections against the country’s government, and protection through the military or diplomacy.A citizen may also be subject to certain duties, such as a duty to follow the country’s law, to pay taxes, or to serve in the military.
Citizenship is based in the human rights of people. It is about recognition of the legal protection and contribution of each person under law.
We believe Citizenship is not only about rights, it is so much more than that. It is also about shared contribution to each other which society values.
Beth Mount talks about Citizenship being related to:
- All people are created equal
- Equal opportunities are available
- Citizenship is to give and receive which strengthens society and enriches culture for us all.
Simon Duffy believes a society that is committed to citizenship is one that supports all of its members to flourish as unique individuals.
- Purpose – have our own unique sense of who we are and how we should live
- Control – the ability to shape and direct our own life
- Money – enough money so we can act freely and be independent
- Home – a place of our own, where we belong
- Help – getting help and support from other people
- Giving – making a contribution to the community
- Love – being connected, valued and enjoying the many sides of love