Why we do it:
- Charter of the United Nations, article # 71
- The issues we deal with at the UN are global issues; they need a global response
- While advocacy at the local and national levels are very important, advocacy at the international level can produce change that affects entire groups of nations in a positive way.
- We have access to members who operate at the grass roots
What can be the focus of our advocacy:
- Educating about women and girls and learning about the views and strategies of others
- CSW, AMR, HLD, etc.
- Potential and vulnerabilities of women and girls, drawn from research and from our members on the ground
With whom we advocate:
- Other NGOs – networking is critical to effective advocacy
- Local and national governments – the action begins on the ground!
- Negotiating Groups
- Negotiating countries
- UN Agencies
- Permanent Missions to the United Nations: members of the Commission on the Status of Women, negotiating groups, negotiating countries, our friends
Where we advocate:
- At briefings, parallel events, UN Commissions, Thematic Debates, GA Committees, and other meetings
- In informal settings
- At meetings of NGOs
- At Permanent Missions
How we do it:
- We familiarize ourselves with already existing documents and agreed language
- We prepare position papers which are founded on research.
- We identify persons who can influence policy making among governments.
- We hold informational events.
GA Third Committee: http://www.un.org/en/ga/third/index.shtml
An early start:
- Contribute to the Expert Group Meetings
- Contribute to the Secretary General Reports
- Prepare language for the commissions
- Contribute to the Annual Ministerial Review
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