What is advocacy?
... putting a problem on the agenda, providing a solution to that problem, and building support for acting on both the problem and the solution.
... getting those with power to correct a situation.
... a social change process affecting attitudes, social relationships and power relationships that strengthens civil society and opens up democratic spaces.
... giving a person support to have their voice heard.
... taking action to create a change.
Within the CUP project, advocacy means making use of the field work, data, and other elements of the project implementation, in order to instigate systemic change on a broader level.
... supporting, defending, or arguing for a specific cause or issue.
Types of advocacy:
individuals advocate for someone else usually in a one-on-one context (e.g., teachers who work in the prison system can advocate for the students’ needs of digital literacy because they work closely with them and understand the challenges their students face. They know which resources are needed, and who to ask to provide them).
Championing a specific cause or issue that an organization and its supporters are passionate about (e.g., a local nonprofit organization can run an advocacy campaign in support of prison education’s link with employability. The NGO can connect with the community and the employers and influence the public opinion).
Advocacy on a large scale, with a goal of affecting change within a social, economic, or political system (e.g., A huge organization or/and more organizations with force of influence and policy makers can use advocacy and campaigns to influence public opinion and introducing the right to education in prison in the EU Human Rights Charter).
Changing national legislation on alternative measures
Introducing incentives for employers to recruit ex-detainees
Initiatives to tackle the stigma to the community
Modernizing digital policies for detainees
Combined training initiatives between prison staff and the inmates