Our Advocacy & Networking program engages with key stakeholders, including civil society organizations, the media and government authorities, to further awareness and understanding of the law and press for state accountability for the realization of women’s human rights.Our advocacy efforts include the development of a broad range of linkages, strategic alliances, and responses at several levels. Moreover, the Advocacy & Networking programme has played a critical role in clarifying the link between violence and women’s rights and raising the visibility of the right to choice issue among the state and media.
Our Advocacy & Networking team engages with individuals and organizations at the grassroots while simultaneously seeking to build partnerships and influence actors operating within state, national, and international forums. In this way, in its advocacy and networking efforts our acts as a go-between for local organizations and individuals, which often lack the capacity to influence policy and decision-making at the governmental level. In addition, the Advocacy & Networking team organizes and supports media campaigns and negotiates with stakeholders for greater implementation of women’s human rights.
At the international level, We have carried out lobbying efforts for the effective development and implementation of human rights instruments in protecting women’s rights. To this end, We have formed part of the advocacy team for International Women’s Rights Action Watch – Asia Pacific, and in the past aided IWRAW-AP in drafting the Optional Protocols to CEDAW and ICESCR. AALI additionally completed a research report on the rights of women in relation to marriage for the years 1998 to 2003, carried out in conjunction with IWRAW-AP.
Statewide and locally, We have focused on advocacy with human rights institutions, the judiciary, and the police, often drafting likeminded organizations, the media, educational institutions, and professional lawyers to raise visibility for issues important to women. Such interventions occur on a continuing basis and form an integral part of our professional vision. The efforts of the Advocacy & Networking team have enabled us to collectively challenge the state and present the organization’s demands within an evidence-based rights framework.
Primary activities undertaken by the Advocacy & Networking programme include:
- Fact-findings and campaigns
- Working with the media and state
- Legislative and legal advocacy
- Forging partnerships at various levels, including internationally, to raise the profile of women’s human rights issues and enable local access to gains made