Policy Advocacy Toolkit

This policy advocacy toolkit was developed to assist African civil society organisations to effectively contribute to the development and implementation of public policy for social justice and gender equality or to challenge proposed laws and policies that undermine gender equality and human rights. It outlines policy advocacy strategies that can be used to influence policy processes, especially those that are counter to the principles of democracy, gender equality and human rights. This toolkit provides defi nitions of advocacy and policy advocacy; identifies key players in the production of policy; provides a step-by-step guide on how to successfully advocate, including examples of advocacy strategies that can be used, as well as a detailed case study example; discusses the use of the MenEngage Africa policy report series and policy advocacy work with regional economic communities; and provides a list of resources, including their web addresses. It targets organisations that work with men and boys for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Furthermore, it is designed for use within an African context but may be amended to suit any country’s social, political and economic conditions. It is hoped that this toolkit will be particularly useful for MenEngage Africa partners who are committed to the task of creating gender equal societies on the continent.

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Institutional Sponsors: Sonke Gender Justice, MenEngage Africa, and UNDP