Advocacy


What is Advocacy?

  • Any action taken to influence others on behalf of a cause or issue that you strongly believe in
  • The act or process of supporting a cause of proposal
  • A political process by an individual or group whose objective is to influence public-policy and resources allocation decisions within political, economic and social systems and institutions
  • The act of pleading for, supporting or recommending
  • Advocating, campaigning, lobbying, activism… it’s all the same
  • Developing a network of people in order to influence the thoughts and actions of those around you or those who are empowered to make the change you desire
  • Speaking on behalf of the under-represented

Is Advocacy Reactive or Proactive?  It’s ‘BOTH’

  • Reactive Advocacy is when the problem or issue is already there and advocacy is needed to reduce or eliminate the problem
  • Proactive Advocacy is using advocacy to create a positive environment or prevent a problem before it actually occurs

Forms of Advocacy
Research
Letter writing
Publications
Speeches
Demonstrations
Boycotts
Testimony before legislative or public bodies
Lobbying
Conversations/dialog/panel discussions/workshops
Propose policy solutions
Mass media


 

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