10. Advocacy

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Advocacy is the art of persuasion. There are several forms of advocacy, with each representing a different approach in the way change is brought into society. One  of the most popular forms is social justice advocacy; the actions taken by individuals and groups who wish to challenge the status quo and bring about change in our society. In this context, advocacy represents a series of actions taken and issues highlighted to change the “what is” into a “what should be”; considering that this “what should be” is a more decent and a more just society.

Although, this  definition does  not encompass the notions of power relations, people’s participation and a vision of a just society as promoted by social justice advocates, it serves to explain what advocacy is and why people advocate.

In the area of Women’s Rights, Gender Equality and Women’s Advancement, Eleanor Roosevelt’s (1953) UN Deliberations on the Draft Convention on the Political Rights of Women, sums up one of the key reasons Women’s Rights advocates lobby for change at the UN using CSW as one of the vehicles of change for global policy for women.

Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men, or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without expression.

Eleanor Roosevelt, (1953) UN Deliberations on Draft Convention on the Political Rights of Women.