One of the ways in which you can play your part in protecting human rights is by setting up an advocacy group. If you have the passion for defending human rights, and you are a person of means, there should be nothing to keep you from setting up a human rights advocacy group. And when we talk of being a ‘person of means’ it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be a rich oligarch, to be in a position to set up a human rights advocacy group. Even a working class person, with a passion for human rights defense, can still be in a position to set up a human rights advocacy group. You could, for instance, be currently holding a middle level management position at a company like, say, Lowes. As such, when you visit Myloweslife login page, sign in, and view your paystubs, you see modest figures. And you wonder whether those would be of any good in setting up a human rights advocacy group. The answer is in the affirmative: for you only need to have funds to start out. Once you manage to establish a human rights advocacy group, you can subsequently attract grants and other forms of financing, to keep the advocacy work going. The actual steps you need to follow while setting up a human rights advocacy group include:
- Conceptualizing the advocacy work: this is a question of making decisions, as to the type of advocacy group you are to set up. What exactly will it be working on? Is it to be a local, regional or national advocacy? Such are the critical considerations.
- Acquiring premises for the advocacy group: depending on the amount of money available to you, you can rent or buy the premises. But if you have very little money, you can opt to use a room in your house as the advocacy group’s offices (initially at least).
- Acquiring equipment for use in advocacy work: to this end, you can opt to buy brand new equipment. Alternatively, you can use the furniture, computers and other stuff you already own to run the advocacy groups activities in the initial days.
- Hiring staff for the advocacy group: you may need two cadres of staff – the people who are to undertake the actual advocacy as well as support staff. If you don’t have much money, you can opt to be working with volunteers in the initial days.
- Identifying causes to advocate for: now that the human rights advocacy group is fully operational, you’d need to identify causes to advocate for. You can advocate for the issues by way of litigation (taking cases to court). Or you can advocate for the issues by way of simply creating awareness – through media liaisons and other similar means. At yet another level, you can opt to advocate for the issues by way of organizing marches, protests and other related measures.