The fine folks at the Center for Women and HIV Advocacy of the HIV Law Project have put together a terrific how-to advocacy manual based on their experiences running a multi-year campaign for comprehensive sex education in New York. Will You Lead? A Grassroots Guide to Advocacy for Women Infected and Affected by HIV/AIDS is full of relevant resources, whether you are a seasoned advocate or find yourself or your organization contemplating activism for the very first time.
While the guide specifically focuses on the unique costs and increasing risks of the HIV/AIDS epidemic to women, the framework the authors lay out is broadly useful for anyone engaged in the fight to end HIV/AIDS. Their comprehensive treatment of how to run an effective advocacy campaign, from the earliest idea stage through implementation and follow-up, covers everything you will need to think of—from the perspective of friends who have been through it. In their words,
“We wrote this manual because we want to share our experiences; to let you know that if we can become advocates, so can you!”
The HIV Law Project believes that all people deserve the same rights, including the right to live with dignity and respect, the right to be treated as equal members of society, and the right to have their basic human needs fulfilled.