Adolescent & Youth Sexual & Reproductive Health Toolkit: Advocacy
Advocacy refers to the process of increasing support and building a favorable environment for a particular issue – in this case, the sexual and reproductive health of urban young people. Advocacy strategies can include a range of activities, such as:
- Meeting with policymakers and community or religious leaders
- Running public information campaigns
- Training journalists to report about young people’s SRH in a positive manner
Building successful advocacy strategies requires in-depth knowledge of context, partnerships, SMART objectives, knowledge of decision-makers, solid work plan and budget, and a clear set of indicators for measuring success. Some advocacy goals are achievable in the short- or medium-term (e.g., increasing support for comprehensive sexuality education among school principals), while others require long-term investments (e.g., changing a law).
Ensuring the enactment of human rights-based laws and policies for SRH is one important focus for advocacy efforts. Advocacy may also be employed to ensure effective implementation and monitoring – of laws, policies, budgets and more. Importantly, advocacy can also help ensure that government bodies are held to account for the provision of rights-based services and SRH information for urban young people.
Budget Advocacy for AYSRH