Social Change Advocacy

[image description, powerpoint slide with text: Social Change advocacy. Core Principles: Create an experience that is liberating vs. dominating, Engage in dialogue vs. counsel or advise, Recognize intersection and complexity vs. single aspects or events, Place the person’s reality and actual needs at the center vs. institutions’ needs, Engage with social networks, family, and community vs. isolated individuals, Approach as a social problem vs. individual or psychological. Core Activities: Connect with women/survivor and supportive networks to strengthen community and create solidarity, Understand the nature of violence against women and how it affects women individually and collectively, Analyze what it is that will alleviate the problems caused (for individuals and for women as a group) AND prevent them from occurring in the future, Strategize a course of action (steps, details and preparation) to create change, Implement the strategy – take the collective action and steps necessary to create the change, Reflect and adapt in relation to shifting conditions, success or failure of strategies used and intended or unintended consequences. Theoretical Foundation: Understand violence against women in the context of a system of gender oppression. The violence is a tool that maintains the oppression that all women experience to varying degrees. Gender oppression intersects with other forms of oppression; they reinforce and perpetuate each other. Collective action within and across communities and identity groups is necessary to end oppression in all forms. Women/survivors who have experienced violence must be a primary force in collective work to end violence against women and the system of gender oppression that it maintains.]