Advocacy Training for Domestic Workers and Small Scale Traders

The National Organization of Peer Educators (NOPE) on 15th December, 2016 held an Advocacy Training at the Head Quarters in Kileleshwa Nairobi. The participants included domestic workers and small scale traders from Nairobi who are women beneficiaries of the wezesha Jamii Project.

The objectives of the training were to understand the difference between advocacy and IEC; to orient ourselves on basic strategies for developing an advocacy plan, connecting with leaders and stakeholders and effectively communicate our needs; to develop talking points that can be used for conversations with various target audiences; to learn about best practices and do’s and don’ts in advocacy and to find out the resources available and how to use them. The women were also taught on basic advocacy plans that included; identifying the issue/problem, analyzing the issue, setting objectives, identifying targets and allies, defining the message, identifying tools, planning for monitoring and evaluation and drawing up the advocacy plan.

Advocacy is defined as a process of supporting and enabling people to: Express their views and concerns. Access information and services. Defend and promote their rights and responsibilities or the act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy; active support. 

Wezesha Jamii is a four years European funded project aimed at promoting livelihoods and inclusion of vulnerable female domestic workers and female small-scale traders. It aims to enhance the social-economic empowerment of poor women dependent on the informal economic in Nairobi.