Advocacy What is it and how does it work. N. Assifi UNFPA/CST, Bangkok. What is Advocacy?. Advocacy simply means actively supporting a cause, and trying to get others to support it as well.
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What is it and how does it work
2.Rather than providing support directly to clients or users of services, advocacy aims at winning support from others, i.e. creating a supportive environment.Purpose of Advocacy
Guidelines on UNFPA Support for Advocacy, July 1997
Beliefs, values and
or group of
and trying to
to support it
. Undertake research to
strategies & messages
. Monitor and
IECeducates individuals and the community about the existence and benefits of reproductive health services.
Advocacyaims to gain wider support for such causes or issues.
þAlthough there is a good deal of overlap between IEC and advocacy, advocacy activities tend to be more deliberately persuasive and campaign oriented.
Enhancing Gender Equity, Equality and Empowerment of Women
Promoting Reproductive Health and Rights
Population and Development Linkages
Mobilizing and Monitoring Resources
Violence against women
Early marriage of girls
Gender disparities in education
Gender disaggregated data
Unequal social and political participation
Female economic empowerment
The reproductive health approach
Maternal and newborn care
STDs and HIV/AIDS
Adolescent reproductive health
RH in conflict situations
Reorienting national population policies
Strengthening national data systems
Integrating population factors into development planning process
Addressing needs of special population
Achieving basic social services for all
Ensuring government commitment
Eliciting donor support
Fostering community participation
Encouraging private sector participation