Awareness of rights and socioeconomic potentialities is essential for community members to perform well in all aspects of life and participate meaningfully in community development activities. The majority of poor, marginalized, and disadvantaged populations in Nepal have not been able to exercise their rights.
GNI Nepal has always been mindful of the role that advocacy can play in addressing existing discrimination and disparity in the communities. Across every sector, local level advocacy ultimately strengthens national-level advocacy. We focus on organizing campaigns against the prevailing discriminations in the communities for building awareness of specific issues and gradually empower girls, boys, women, and men so that they act as effective agents of change in their communities.
Grassroots advocacy helps to raise awareness of social issues such as human rights, child rights, women rights, gender equity, sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, disaster risk reduction, climate change, etc. Therefore, we organize need-based campaigns, street dramas, training programs, and orientations.
As a result of different advocacy-related activities that we helped organize in our project districts; for example, participation of women in different committees and local development activities has increased. Women have also started to speak up about women’s rights, gender discrimination, and community development as well.
Our Approaches to Advocacy
Evidence building: Build an evidence base on existing capacity, gaps in services, and key social issues.
Empowerment: Initiate and promote local-level advocacy to bring about changes and hold duty bearers accountable.
The key objective of our advocacy program is to raise awareness of community members on social issues, their rights and responsibilities; and encourage them, particularly women and children to participate in all aspects of the development process that concerns them.