By Noel Schroeder, March 15, 2018 —

Last month, we offered the first online Raise Your Voice course of the year to 41 Women Thrive Alliance member organizations from 18  countries in the Caribbean, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia.

Raise Your Voice is a four-week long course that prepares grassroots gender equality and women’s rights organizations to develop and execute feminist advocacy strategies targeting diverse audiences.  

During the course, participants implemented their learning by completing practical exercises like creating problem trees, mapping stakeholders, writing advocacy objectives, targeting messages to audiences, and planning campaigns. They also took part in lively group discussions on the course materials on Skype and had one-on-one “office hours” with facilitators.

Participants learned a lot! Before the course, only 33% of participants said they understood how to create and follow an advocacy strategy to achieve their objective. Only 50% said they could confidently plan a woman-centered advocacy campaign with specific activities targeted at different kinds of stakeholders and decision-makers.

Now 100% of participants have these skills and all have committed to develop and put in place an advocacy strategy or campaign in the next three months with the new knowledge and skills they’ve acquired through Raise Your Voice.

Ngozi from Vision Springs Initiatives in Nigeria said, “My advocacy skills have been sharpened. I used to struggle a lot with setting SMART objectives, but with the resources shared during the training, I am ready to move!”

Martin from KeepCare Rwanda said,

“I, first of all, thank Women Thrive Alliance for designing this online course. This course is very important for me because it responded to some of my questions and confusion on some terms used in gender, advocacy, and partnerships. The skills and knowledge I got from this course already started helping me to clearly explain to my organization’s members about the key terms I learned in the course…

I learned a lot from the course but the best is the problem analysis. This technique was very nice for me because it is very clearly understandable and easy to analyze. Most of the time we do not do an analysis of the problem before interventions, and this leads to the failure because it can be true to work on the wrong cause of the problem. This analysis shows you the root causes, the problem and the consequences of that problem. This analysis influences better intervention strategy to resolve the problem by root causes and manage the consequences effectively.

…I will develop an advocacy strategy for my organization, stakeholder mapping, and gender analysis. My organization will benefit from this course because I will provide technical support to any activity related to the course.”

Learn more about this course and hear from other Alliance members in this report!