“ I believe that societies arebetter off when women arepolitically and economicallyempowered, that values arepassed down, the healthsituation is better, education isbetter, there is greater economicprosperity.…is that there is a way, whenthere are more women at thetable, that theres an attempt todevelop some understanding”.Madeleine Albright
“If ever the world sees a time when women shall come together purely and simply for the benefit and good of mankind, it will be a power such as the world has never known”Helen Fisher
Aims of organizations that are dealing with women issues Development and capacity building of the womens community united by one goal Influence on current policy and practices that are not gender sensitive and do not reflect the needs of women Advocacy process to change the existing practices and strengthen the role of women in decision-making process
• Participation in development and decision making process at different levels of governmental and public management.• Protection of women rights (particularly those, who are victims of violence, stigmatised and discriminated);• Education and awareness among children and adults;• Social programmes and projects (emotional impact);• Protection of children rights;• Participation in decision making and changes promotion processes
Women____ Men• Ability to cooperate • Ability to compete• Ability to share the power • Ability to hold power in ones hand• Ability to express the • Ability to hide feelings/emotions feeling/emotions • Ability to see people in connection • Ability to see people holistically with their job • Rely on self‐sufficiency• Ability to inspire others • Resistance to differences• Accept and use the individual • Values are not the priority. All is fair differences in love and war. • Actualization of values
«mother» – rather emotional support than business activity;«temptress» – sexual object with high ranking status;«toys, mascot» – not much as a leader but a women bringing luck;«iron lady» – non‐female stiffness, fear and distance
Role and impact of women‐leaders in NGOs•Define problems and tasks that require interventions;•Consolidation of the target group;•Definition of the development directions;•Definition of advocacy tasks and spheres of influence;•Impact on decision making process thru:
Impact on decision making process thru : • Groups mobilisation; • Problems prioritization; • Knowledge on gender sensitivities; • Multi‐dimensional view of the problem/situation (main factor in advocacy); • Economical feasibility; • Natural role of woman‐leader in NGO that is dealing with women issues.
Take risks!If you want to have something that you never had before, you have to do something that you have never done. Coco Chanel
What is ADVOCACY? • ADVOCACY is a strategy that is used by NGOs, activists, and even policy makers themselves, to influence policies. • ADVOCACY is about creation or reform of policies, but also about effective implementation and enforcement of policies. • A POLICY is a plan, course of action, or set of regulations adopted by government, business or an institution, designed to influence and determine decisions or procedures. • ADVOCACY is a means to an end and address the problems that we aim to solve through other programming strategies. • ADVOCACY is the deliberate process of influencing those who make policy decisions.
ADVOCACY is about influencing:• does not have to be confrontational• Must be clear who you are trying to influence and what policy you wish to change• keep in mind that policy makers are always human beings, not institutions. • Advocacy is used to influence the choices and actions of those who make laws and regulations, and those who distribute resources and make other decisions that affect the well‐being of many people
Different activitiesConcept What does it change? Target group Focused on Success Indicator decision makers?Advocacy Policy, its Decision makers, yes Policy, its implementation, leaders, influential implementation, laws laws and practices people and practices drive to positive changes/ impactInformation, Awareness and Group of people no Per cent of youth Education and behaviour (age, locality) participating, changed Communication behaviour Society capacity to see and Members of the no Problem is solved, more mobilization solve the problem society people participate in the meeting Networking and Isolation and People and groups no Network members or partnership duplication of having similar partners achieve more activities activities together that separately from each otherFundraising and Resources available Community, no People provide resources for this activity local authority, resources; donors mobilization government, donors provides grants
PLANNING AN ADVOCACY INITATIVE 1a Identify a policy issue STEP 1: Analyzing policies 1b Identify key actors and institutions environment 1c Analyze the policy 1d Summarize policy findings 1e Identify options for policy change STEP 2: Outlining an advocacy strategy 2a Select a policy issue 2b Select target audiences 2c Set a policy goal 2d Identify allies and opponents STEP 3: Finalizing an advocacy strategy 3a Select roles 3b Identify key messages 3c Define advocacy activities STEP 4: Framing a plan 4a Set a timeline 4b Prepare a budget 4c Prepare a logframe 4d Plan for monitoring and evaluation
AFTERWARD TAKING ADVOCACY INTO YOUR OWN HANDSKEEP IN MIND THAT THE BEST WAY TO LEARN ADVOCACY IS BY DOING!