Presentation on theme: "INTRODUCTION TO ADVOCACY Silvia Petretti Deputy CEO Positively UK Taking Part Project Session 1."— Presentation transcript:
INTRODUCTION TO ADVOCACY Silvia Petretti Deputy CEO Positively UK Taking Part Project Session 1
What is advocacy? Advocacy is a set of organised activities designed to influence the policies and actions of others to achieve change Advocacy must always be about getting a change in actions not just in understanding.
What is advocacy? Changing the decision making processes Empowering ourselves to have the confidence skills and opportunities to influence change
Advocacy is putting a problem on the agenda, providing a solution to that problem and building support for acting on both the problem and the solution (An Introduction to Advocacy: Training Guide, Ritu R Sharma, Academy for Education Development)
Effective Advocacy Clearly articulates the problem Offers positive and credible alternatives Is directed at those with power to make changes Has clear goals and measurable objectives
Effective Advocacy Is a long term process, not a one off event Follows through to ensure policy changes lead to improvements in practice Is based on a belief that change is possible – and inspires others to do the same
Empowering Advocacy Opens political space and opportunities to influence for others Reflects the value it seeks to promote Challenges imbalances of power or structure which prevents people to access their rights
Empowering Advocacy looks at power distribution - Who gets what? distribution & control of resources -Who does what? division of labour -Who decides what? decision-making power -Who sets the agenda? The power to determine whose issues/priorites come to the table for discussion
Where is power exercised? The public realm of power – workplace, politics,legal system The private realm of power –relationship within the family, including marriage and sexual relationships The intimate realm of power – self- confidence, self-esteem and self-image
Effective advocacy is planned We can head in right direction Break down goals in manageable pieces Use the right tools Use scarce resources wisely by making strategic choices Make sure activities reinforce rather than undermine each other Get timing right Be prepared for opposition
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