Advocacy Toolkit

If you are committed to taking a stand for girls, then you are on your way to being an advocate. Now is the time to tell your policymakers about the issues facing girls around the world and how they can help. Follow these steps to raise your voice for positive change.

1

Know your issue

The first step to being an advocate is educating yourself on the issues that are important to you. As an advocate for girls, learn about the challenges that impact adolescent girls around the world—like child marriage, gender-based violence and lack of access to education—and think critically about the root causes of these challenges. You don’t have to be an expert on the issues, but you should understand the basics.

Right now, Girl Up’s advocacy priority is improving access to quality education for girls worldwide, especially those in vulnerable settings.

>> TIP: Deepen your understanding of the challenges girls face by utilizing resources like current news articles, the United Nations or U.S. government websites, and your teachers.

2

Know your elected officials

If you live in the U.S., go to Congress.gov and type in your zip code to find out who your elected officials are. Then visit their websites to learn more about them!

Read More
3

Identify your ask

You should have a clear call-to-action for your elected officials—a tangible solution to the challenge you are addressing. It could be a variety of things, like providing funding for a program, supporting a piece of legislation or even starting a youth advisory board in your local district. The good news is that Girl Up has already done the work for you! You can find our latest call-to-action on our advocacy page.

Girl Up in Jijiga

Currently, Girl Up is working to support access to quality education for girls worldwide, particularly those living in vulnerable settings.

4

Take your advocacy action

The moment is here! It’s time to raise your voice and make your pitch. No matter how you are reaching out to your elected officials and their staff, the key is to show them your passion and tell them why you care. Your action can be anything from a tweet to your representative, a personal email or letter, a call to their district office, or even an in-person meeting.

You can learn about the various ways to take an advocacy action and find detailed instructions for each type of action. To be a standout advocate, get creative and add your own personality to each action.

Ways to Advocate

>> TIP: In the resources section, we’ve got sample letters, call scripts and meeting agendas to get you started. Be sure to personalize our suggested talking points so it sounds like YOU!

5

Follow up

What you do after your advocacy action is just as important as the action itself. Sending a follow-up thank you note—or tweeting a picture from your meeting—isn’t just about showing your appreciation; it’s strategic as well. A thank you can reiterate the issues you discussed and your “ask.” It also helps build a relationship with the office, so that you can easily take more advocacy actions in the future.

>> DON’T FORGET! We need to know about your advocacy efforts. Reporting your advocacy action to Girl Up is an important part of the process! In the Girl Up Advocacy app, you can fill out a quick report and easily let us know how it went.