15 speakers, 24 experts and 118 participants from 34 countries have been part of the 8th Edition of the International Advocacy Workshop (IAW) on 9th, 10th, 11th September, 2020. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, it was held online by the International Federation for Family Development in collaboration with Instituto de la Familia (Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia). The Workshop had no cost for participants and was conducted in English. The participants attended individually and in small local groups, to facilitate personal interaction and team work.
As usual, it was mainly oriented to entry-level professionals or students of social studies/political sciences or a related field who demonstrated a strong interest in family issues and wanted to gain experience in the work of International Organizations, as well as other practitioners. They came from diverse geographical, cultural, and academic backgrounds in 34 countries.
The course critically assessed the field of international human rights and development advocacy, its institutions, strategies, and key actors. It explored how domestic, regional, and global policy strategies are set. Also, it promoted discussion on various challenges that family friendly advocates face together with a range of stakeholders, including governments, international institutions and the private sector.