Democracy is a way of thinking, a responsibility and agreement between the government and the people. This agreement is based on social and cultural values. In a strong democracy the governing doctrine implies that citizens have the right to access the documents and proceedings of the government, which allows for effective public oversight. Often times this does not happen.
Every day people are fighting for the right for access, full implementation of laws and programs that will increase inclusivity and to be heard. Democracy is not only about being heard or having the ability and interest in speaking about political and social problems. Being in a democracy can also mean that you have an equal position of power as the representatives that, but being listened to. Democracy is when you are given an equal vote on decisions that directly affect you. And when given this tremendous responsibility, people will surprise you. They rise to the occasion and educate themselves on the issues at hand. They also work hard to ensure that the next generation is knowledgeable.