THE AWDF Capacity Building Programme: Effective Advocacy Pilot Training, 21-23 November 2018.

THEME: Supporting Advocacy efforts to combat harmful stereotypes


Feminists across the spectrum believe that patriarchy creates and maintains gender inequality and is responsible for a failure to recognise and uphold women’s human rights. In many countries, the oppression of women is pervasive and is reflected in the realities of their lives. Women face multiple oppressions in society, such as race, class and sexuality intersect with sexism and misogyny. Such denial and violation of women’s rights and the level of inequality that exist between women and men is one of the world’s greatest injustices.

A core advocacy objective of The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), as reiterated in its 4th Strategic Plan is: By amplifying and celebrating African women’s voices and achievements, AWDF supports efforts that combat harmful stereotypes, and promote women as active agents of change.”

The Advocacy Training, is the first to be organised and part the flagship programmes delivered within the AWDF Capacity Building Unit to support the development of organisational capacities and advocacy skills of grantee organisations. AWDF believe that, when grantees advocacy skills are strengthened, they will organise activities that will influence policy, challenge the root causes of the inequalities and disadvantages women face. The ultimate goal therefore is to support efforts by women and women organisations, to combat harmful stereotypes, and to promote women as active agents of change through advocacy.

Strengthening capacities of our grantees in Advocacy is in responds to a need identified by AWDF to further support it’s grantees organisations with the right tools to advocate effectively and to be strategic about how and when they engage in advocacy. It is grounded in a feminist perspective, and takes into account future trends in feminist movement building, societal and technological changes, and changes in the advocacy and communications landscape.


Guided by the Charter of Feminist Principles for African Feminists[1], the content of the training is women focused. The expected outcomes are; for grantees to understand feminist advocacy and its related concepts and the importance of feminist advocacy in creating long term sustainable change, to equip grantees on how to apply a feminist lens to analyse the context within which they operate, to select well-defined feminist advocacy issues and the use of evidence to inform advocacy strategies. The training will further guide grantees on how to develop advocacy goals and SMART advocacy objectives as well as how to identify and mitigate potential risks.


The objective of the training is to strengthened capacities of grantees and to equip them with the necessary skills and tools to organise activities that will influence policy, challenge the root causes of the inequalities and the disadvantages women face.


Participants for the training are selected Advocacy Specialist/Officers and Lead Advocacy personnel from AWDF grantee organisations. A total of 23 participants across Africa and the Middle East will be participating in the training.