A role-playing exercise helped participants hone their messages to government delegates. Joseph Quaye Amoo of Children and Youth in Broadcasting (Ghana) practiced his persuasion on Fadekemi Akinfaderin-Agarau of Education as a Vaccine (Nigeria), who played the role of a difficult government representative.
Shannon Kowalski, IWHC Director of Advocacy and Policy, reviewed previous international agreements on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Participants outlined their priority issues for advocacy during the African regional conference.
Venoranda Kuboka of the Network of Adolescent and Youth of Africa (Kenya), Ruth Nyambura of the Africa Biodiversity Network (Kenya), and Hibist Kassa of DAWN (Ethiopia) joined other civil society representatives in the main plenary hall on day one of the conference.
Fadekemi, Zo, Justine Kwachu of Women in Alternative Action (Cameroon), and Nelly Lukale of YWCA Kenya discuss their advocacy strategies on the first day of the conference.
South Africa Broadcasting Corp (SABC) interviewed AiP participant Zoneziwoh “Zo” Mbondgulo, founder of Women for a Change Cameroon, on the first day of the conference.
Kula Fofana of the Paramount Young Women Initiative (Liberia) reviews the zero draft of the outcome document from the back of the conference room.
More than 20 feminist and youth activists from Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Liberia, Kenya, and Zambia participated in this AiP.
IWHC, along with partners DAWN and RESURJ, held a two-day Advocacy in Practice (AiP) workshop from September 28-29, leading up to the African Regional Conference on Population and Development (ARCPD) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The AiP workshop is an intensive training that supports participants to develop the leadership skills needed to effectively advocate for sexual and reproductive rights and health at the national and international levels. AiP brings together burgeoning advocates from a variety of contexts to share, strategize, and learn from one another, and from IWHC’s staff and colleagues. Each AiP coincides with an important regional conference or UN negotiation, and gives participants the opportunity to take what they’ve learned and put it into immediate action.
More than 20 activists, mostly young people, participated in the AiP in Addis Ababa. They represented civil society organizations from Ghana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Liberia, Kenya, and Zambia. The activists discussed their priorities and reviewed the draft document being negotiated by governments at ARCPD. Before leaving the workshop, the participants assigned themselves to key lobbying roles to ensure that their governments make concrete commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights.