Campaigns Champions: speaking out together
Monday 30th November 2015
For Day 6 of our 16 Days of Activism blog series, Sian Hawkins, Policy and Campaigns Officer for Women’s Aid, shares how your voices are helping us to get decision makers to sit up and listen.
Women’s Aid has never been an organisation that has been afraid to speak out. Over the last couple of years our voice has been growing louder and louder and our campaigns have achieved real change for survivors of domestic abuse and our member organisations.
Our campaigning work, whether on protecting refuges or criminalising coercive control, is underpinned by one important factor: our supporters. Without the help and advice of our supporters, our voice would be nowhere near as loud, and key decisions makers would be less inclined to listen.
You are our backbone and we rely on your passion and commitment to create the change we need to see. Women’s Aid want to work even more closely with our amazing supporters as we think, together, we can make our voice even louder.
Women’s Aid are delighted today to be launching our Campaign Champions Network. The network will give our already established supporters a more prominent role in our campaigning and lobbying work and also to encourage new supporters to get involved!
“WOW are keen to support and be involved in local campaigns and help raise awareness about issues we feel strongly about. We are pleased to support the Womens Aid Campaign Champions as together we can make a difference”
– The Women on Wednesday, team of local campaigners
As part of our team of Campaign Champions you will be able to get involved in lots of exciting campaigning work, whether you have two minutes, two hours or longer to contribute!
The campaign we are working on in Women’s Aid will have a particular role for our Campaigns Champions and there will be opportunities to link in with local Women’s Aid specialist services to support their campaigning work too. We will also provide you with materials so that you can carry out local activism and awareness raising on your own.
We want our Campaign Champions Network to progress and grow with our supporters so we will be listening to your views on our campaigns, resources, training needs and areas of campaigning activity so we can develop the network in the way that works for you.
Why not get started today?
You can sign up to be Campaign Champion here and check out our Chief Executive Polly’s blog tomorrow which will give you some more campaigning activities to get involved with!
We are proud to be launching the Campaigns Champions Network during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, a campaign that has been running world-wide for nearly 20 years. Coming together to campaign for better protection and recognition for women and children survivors of domestic abuse can change policy, opinion, legislation and ultimately can help to save lives.
About the author
Sian Hawkins is Policy and Campaigns Officer for Women’s Aid.
About 16 Days
From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, Women’s Aid will release a blog a day on our website, promoted via social media, encouraging people to take action and use their influence to help raise the status of women to a level where violence against them is no longer tolerated. Read more blogs from the series