It is our mission to help marginalized communities around the world to tell their story, claim their rights, and produce social change.
The Advocacy Project (AP) was established in 1998 and registered as a non-profit organization in 2001. We work around the globe to assist community initiatives that are led by local advocates. Many of these advocates have faced unfathomable oppression, pain, and hardship, and yet continue to fight the injustices that have befallen their communities. They reached out to AP for support, and since the early years of AP we have worked with over 120 marginalized communities. We believe that they know the issues better than anyone, and so do not attempt to impose our own agendas on their mission, but instead work to provide funds, resources, and information for their campaigns.
Every year the Advocacy Project also sends several Peace Fellows to work with our local partners for a period of at least 10 weeks. The goal of the fellowship program is to benefit both parties; the local partners will benefit from the expertise and international connections of the Fellows, and in turn the Fellows will gain valuable field experience in international human rights projects. Between 2003 and 2015 we sent 274 Peace Fellows, most of whom were graduate students.
What We Do
The Advocacy Project works with local partnerships to help fight injustices faced by local populations. In Mali, AP has partnered with Sini Sanuman, to support survivors of sexual violence in the war. Survivors can spend up to three months in a sheltered, safe home learning new skills and recovering from the trauma. In Morocco, AP works with the Ain Leuh Weaver's Cooperative. The majority of the population in this area identify as Amazigh, or Berber, a culture that has been under pressure in Morocco since independence in 1956. The goals are to provide members with an income and use weaving to preserve traditional Berber cultural heritage. In Uganda, the Gulu Disabled Persons Union is the oldest and largest organization working for persons with disability (PWDs) in the northern region of the country. GDPU is a network of associations which represent different constituencies: landmine survivors; women with disabilities; the deaf; and the blind. In Nepal, the National Network of Families of Disappeared and Missing Nepal has been working for over a decade to help families recover from and seek justice for the disappearances of thousands of individuals. In Bosnia, our local partner BOSFAM was originally established to help Bosnian women refugees, but since the 1995 Srebrenica massacre that took the lives of thousands of adults and children, the group has turned to supporting the survivors through economic empowerment, advocacy, and preserving the memories of their lost families. Our partner in Peru is the Peruvian Team of Forensic Anthropology (EPAF), an ...See More organization that investigates serious human rights violations, particularly on the disappearances and killings during the recent 20-year internal conflict. Show Less