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

05.06.2018
Enabling political participation of women with disabilities as the focus of OSCE...
Promoting the full and equal participation of women with disabilities in political and public life was the focus of discussions at a conference organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic...
13.04.2018
USA: Female candidates take on taboos in new campaign ads
 Women are increasingly spotlighting gender as they run in record-breaking numbers in 2018. From breastfeeding on camera to sharing intimate stories of sexual abuse, women running for office are...
05.04.2018
Ukraine’s women leaders joined in Kyiv for the nation’s first women’s congress
Women are building Ukraine’s future and playing prominent roles more than ever before in the nation’s democratic transition – particularly since the 2014 Revolution of Dignity (also known as...
07.03.2018
8 March: Empowering stories of women of Turkmenistan
Beautiful, talented, successful and modest – the women of Turkmenistan achieve outstanding results but rarely talk about it. In honour of International Women’s Day, UNDP, UNFPA, and UNODC invited...
06.03.2018
Statement by UN Women's Executive Director for International Women’s Day 20...
Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women for International Women’s DayTime is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s LivesThis...
06.03.2018
Statement of UNDP's Administrator on International Women’s Day 2018
Theme: “The Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives”Women’s movements dominate today’s global conversation. From #MeToo and #TimesUp spotlighting sexual harassment and abuse...
06.03.2018
International IDEA's International Women's Day 2018 Series: Gender-tar...
Unequal political representation of women in relation to men remains a problem all over the world.  Just 23 per cent of the world’s members of parliament are women. A major contributing factor...
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...

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
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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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