The most frequent questions
What is advocacy? What does it mean? Why engage in advocacy? What advocacy required? What kind of activities comprise advocacy work? Which are the different kind of advocacy?
These are the most frequently questions about advocacy. Here you can find everything you always wanted to know about this process, this activity, this strategy to approach and to solve a problem.
For many of us advocacy is something other people do, it is a job for big NGOs or for charismatic leader. Not only! It is important to state that you can make a difference, that advocacy is not just about influencing public policy, but also and first of all about influencing public opinion. Advocacy is advancement, assistance, aid, defense, encouragement, promotion, propagation, proposal..
“Plaidoyer, promotion, mobilisation” in French, “sostegno, patrocinio, difesa” in Italian, “befurwortung, eintreten” in German, “defense, promotion” in Spanish.. the word advocacy is connected in each language at the same original meaning from the Latin, and literally means ‘to call out for support’.
Advocacy is made of several strategies and actions which respond to one and easy imperative: fight for our rights.
Citizen advocates develop plans and implement strategies and activities aimed at achieving concrete solutions to these problems. Engaging in advocacy is one way to strengthen citizen participation in decision-making about public policies and programs and to promote a transparent political culture.
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” (William Faulkner)