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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  
Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
                                                                                                                 Margaret Mead

                                                                                      WHAT IS ADVOCACY?



Merriam Webster Dictionary: The act or process of supporting a cause or proposal.

Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need.

Advocacy in all its forms seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, are able to:

  • Have their voice heard on issues that are important to them.
  • Defend and safe guard their rights
  • Have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about issues that affect their way of life.


Advocacy is a process of supporting and enabling people to:

  • Express their views and concerns.
  • Access information and services
  • Defend and promote their rights and responsibilities.
  • Explore choices and options.


Advocates use facts and research data to influence public policy, laws and budgets. An advocate is someone who provides advocacy support when needed.