Advocacy & Lobbying

Advocacy & Lobbying

Advocacy and lobbying are effective tools for gender advocates, male champions, civil society, and other stakeholders to hold leaders accountable to their commitments on concrete, measurable actions that guarantee women can fully and equally enjoy their rights. These include the ability to exercise freedom and choices, go to school, live free from violence, earn equal pay for equal work, and meaningfully engage in decision-making and political processes. Advocacy groups can collectively put pressure their leaders for legislative reforms to protect and promote women’s rights and concerns, which may require coalition-building, fundraising, civic education, awareness-raising and consensus-building on key issue platforms. Influencing legislation itself may require lobbying to convince policy makers and legislators to address specific issues relevant to gender equality and women’s empowerment, which may involve introducing or revising legislation and policy.

News

06.03.2018
International IDEA's International Women's Day 2018 Series: Women in p...
By Raul CordenilloThe International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme, #PressForProgress, is a strong call to action amid current world developments. It stresses that efforts to achieve greater gender...
Linda Landu (Chief Whip of Cape Winelands District Municipality, South Africa) speaks to International IDEA about women in politics.  Image: International IDEA/Fredrik Larsson
06.03.2018
International IDEA's International Women's Day 2018 Series: Rising abo...
By Ruby Leahy GatfieldThere is broad consensus that a healthy, sustainable and representative democracy is one that is based on inclusive participation and representation. Gender equality and the...
06.03.2018
International IDEA's International Women's Day 2018 Series: Global and...
By Luis José ConsuegraThe advancement of gender equality and the political empowerment of women has been for many years a struggle that is faced not only at the highest political levels, but that has...
06.03.2018
International IDEA's International Women's Day 2018 Series: Why #MeToo...
By Brechtje Kemp and Adina Trunk 2017 was the year of hashtag-protests and few others dominated the debate more than #MeToo. Making waves far beyond Hollywood, Time magazine named The...
06.03.2018
International IDEA's International Women's Day 2018 Series: A constitu...
By Annamari T. SalonenWomen in Myanmar are facing many challenges as a result of traditional perceptions, institutional barriers, and societal norms. These challenges range from a lack of...
06.03.2018
International IDEA's International Women's Day 2018 Series: The Global...
By Adina TrunkNovember 2017 saw the launch of International IDEA’s Global State of Democracy report, which provided a global health check on democracy, both from a long and short-term perspective....
01.03.2018
Malawi: Involve women in decision-making
Lilongwe — Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi, Kikkan Haugen has challenged political parties in the country to provide conducive environment for women participation in decision making positions.He was...
01.03.2018
Syria is devastated. Where are the women?
(CNN) - From their leadership in securing the recent peace accord in Colombia to their contributions to the 1998 agreement ending 20-plus years of conflict in Northern Ireland, to Liberia and to the ...
15.02.2018
Five reforms still needed to ensure women are fairly represented in politics
The Representation of the People Act 1918 was undoubtedly a significant step forward for women’s rights and democracy.It gave the to vote to around 8.5million women previously disenfranchised and...

iKNOW Politics Partners Resources

UNDP
Scrutinising Legislation from a Gender Perspective: A Practical Toolkit
UN Women
Temporary Special Measures to Increase Women's Political Participation in the Pacific
undp
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)
Overcoming Political Exclusion: Strategies for marginalized groups to successfully engage in political decision-making

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