February 11, 2022

Why Advocacy is key in causing change.

For many years, women’s rights have been given less attention in society, this has been majorly caused by society’s perception and attitudes towards the status of women in society. Advocacy to end violence against women is closely linked with the elimination of discrimination, which in turn, is necessary to achieve full equality between men and women in society.

For many years, Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and human rights defenders around the world are working to advocate for the protection of women from all forms of gender-based violence. Women’s equality and empowerment (SDG 5) is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and is also integral to all dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development. Women’s and girls’ social and economic empowerment also contributes to their ability to pursue their right to a healthy life. In all societies, power is not equally distributed. Therefore advocacy is the only channel through which these rights can be given concern by society.

Economic and social empowerment puts women and girls in a stronger position and gives them the agency to make decisions that promote their own health and wellbeing, as well as that of their families. We believe that social and economic empowerment is a key factor to improving sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and girls. It enhances their ability to have a voice in decision making processes like marriage and pregnancy. At Advocacy for Women’s health support initiative, we embrace change through advocating, promoting, protecting and availing women, girls and key populations with health and economic opportunities. We have core program areas that help us in achieving our agenda that is: promoting access to sexual reproductive and HIV/TB care, treatment and prevention, rehabilitation and economic empowerment, gender equality and advocacy, child protection ( promotion of girl child education), and research and documentation. With these core programs, we have been able to impact on the lives of marginalized women in society.