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.