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

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...
08.02.2018
Lebanon Campaigns for More Women in Parliament
BEIRUT — In a country where women occupy only three percent of the parliament seats, Lebanon's first women's affairs minister — a man — is supporting a campaign to attract more women politicians...
29.09.2017
Women supported to campaign in Tonga
The head of Tonga's Civil Society Forum says getting more women into parliament is everyone's responsibility and it is time for more gender balance in Tongan politics.Siale 'Ilolahia says the early...
12.09.2017
Pacific Islands Forum leader plans more effort to help women as leaders
The secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Dame Meg Taylor wants to put more effort into empowering women leaders. The PACNEWS agency reports Dame Meg, whose first term in the role...
16.08.2017
Female Candidates Encouraged to Compete With Male Counterparts
Monrovia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged female candidates to fill the gap and compete with their male counterparts.She said the policy can only be implemented if collective efforts...
25.07.2017
Female MPs urge May to review Brexit team's gender balance
Brexit will affect whole population yet there is only one woman in the core negotiating team, Labour MPs say.Theresa May has been urged to review the gender balance of the government’s EU...
24.07.2017
She Should Run Launches Campaign To Reach Gender Parity In Politics By 2030
Women make up just 20% of seats in Congress, 24% of state elective executive offices, and 25% of state legislatures seats across the U.S., according to data from the Center for American Women and...
06.07.2017
Increasing women’s representation in Malaysian politics
A women-only-additional-seats system is the most feasible, fastest and least contentious way of accelerating women’s participation in formal politics, says Dr Maznah Mohamad, an academic and a...
15.06.2017
Women fight the odds and overcome political barriers in Lebanon
Lebanon is the oldest democracy in the Middle East, granting women the right to vote and run for office in 1953. So why, more than six decades later, does Lebanon have so few women in its parliament...

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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