In any advocacy work, it is important to lobby the relevant decision-makers and use other advocacy techniques before deciding to start a public campaign, as well as during the campaign once it starts. Winning decision-makers’ support can make a campaign more effective – or even prompt the desired policy/institutional change without campaigning.
Practical tips for lobbying
Source: adapted from Global AIDS Alliance, 2009.
“Question Time” in Parliament (or other forms of legislative assembly) describes sessions at which Members of Parliament (MPs) ask questions to Government members (such as Cabinet Ministers) which they are obliged to answer. It is a common practice in several parliamentary democracies and in the European Parliament. If it exists in your country and you know an MP who supports your cause, share your policy brief with him or her and propose specific questions she or he can raise at Question Time.
Advocacy and Lobbying Manual (Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities, 2006). This manual was developed for use in their advocacy and lobbying workshops and includes a step-by-step plan for engaging in advocacy work in any field. Available in English.
A Parliamentary Response to Violence against Women: Conference of Chairpersons and Members of Parliamentary Bodies Dealing with Gender Equality (Inter-Parliamentary Union Campaign; 2-4 December 2008, Geneva). Available in English. See also the Campaign website in English and French.