Building civil societies: a guide for social and political activism

This is a guide for groups, individuals, activists and researchers that supports political lobbying, the organisation of protest campaigns and other mobilisation around domestic violence, legal reforms or peace activism. This is a guide for groups, individuals, activists and researchers that supports political lobbying, the organisation of protest campaigns and other mobilisation around domestic violence, legal reforms or peace activism. Strategies include work at local, national and international levels. Political and social participation aimed at creating social justice and change is possible for all, but it is important to understand the necessity to change minds as well as voice opinions. Different strategies are needed in, for example, crisis situations or long-term structural change, as well as for different national and cultural contexts. Based on the experiences of the network of Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML), the authors point out the importance of sharing information across Muslim countries where support from the west can have ambivalent effects. Detailed guidelines of Alerts for Action are given, along with case studies of where different methods have been used. Examples such as the One Million Signature campaign to amend Moroccan family law provide encouraging illustrations of successful initiatives. Sample lobbying and publicity letters, press releases and petitions/signature campaigns illustrate how to compose materials, who to send them to and what language to use in different situations. More formal lobbying strategies in cases such as legal reform are also explained.
Source: Eldis