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Building National Campaigns: Activists, alliances, and how change happens

Building National Campaigns: Activists, alliances, and how change happens

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Poor-quality employment undermines sustainable development and gender equality throughout the world. Yet, the number of people employed in precarious jobs, with unstable income, little access to benefits, and with fewer opportunities to claim their rights, is increasing, with many workers (especially women) remaining trapped in poverty. High-profile campaigning has become an important strategy for civil-society organizations such as womens’ collectives, migrants’ groups, student networks, faith-based organisations, trade unions, and others working to make change happen. For many organisations, campaigning is a new type of activity and few have had the opportunity to help each other build capacity to campaign. This book draws on Oxfam International’s experience in supporting national labour-rights campaigning initiatives at local and national level. The authors describe and analyse what happened in five campaigns in Colombia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, and the United States. All faced enormous obstacles, and all were able to overcome them through innovation, new ways of working in alliance, and patient persistence towards their target. This book will be of interest to all campaigning individuals and organisations, not just those working on labour rights. The analysis includes learning points and examples of good practice. The book offers a menu of approaches and activities and readers can choose those which are appropriate and useful to their situation. A practical and up-to-date resources section helps the reader explore the issues further
Poor-quality employment undermines sustainable development and gender equality throughout the world. Yet, the number of people employed in precarious jobs, with unstable income, little access to benefits, and with fewer opportunities to claim their rights, is increasing, with many workers (especially women) remaining trapped in poverty. High-profile campaigning has become an important strategy for civil-society organizations such as womens’ collectives, migrants’ groups, student networks, faith-based organisations, trade unions, and others working to make change happen. For many organisations, campaigning is a new type of activity and few have had the opportunity to help each other build capacity to campaign. This book draws on Oxfam International’s experience in supporting national labour-rights campaigning initiatives at local and national level. The authors describe and analyse what happened in five campaigns in Colombia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, and the United States. All faced enormous obstacles, and all were able to overcome them through innovation, new ways of working in alliance, and patient persistence towards their target. This book will be of interest to all campaigning individuals and organisations, not just those working on labour rights. The analysis includes learning points and examples of good practice. The book offers a menu of approaches and activities and readers can choose those which are appropriate and useful to their situation. A practical and up-to-date resources section helps the reader explore the issues further

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01/30/2014

 
Activists,Alliances, andHow Change Happens
Building NationalCampaigns
 
Building National Campaigns
Activists, Alliances, and How Change Happens
 
Oxfam GB
, founded in 1942, is a development, humanitarian, and campaigningagency dedicated to finding lasting solutions to poverty and suffering around theworld. Oxfam believes that every human being is entitled to a life of dignity andopportunity, and it works with others worldwide to make this become a reality.For further information about Oxfam GB’s work, visit www.oxfam.org.uk.Oxfam GB is a member of Oxfam International, a confederation of 13organisations working together in more than 100 countries to find lastingsolutions to poverty and injustice: Oxfam America, Oxfam Australia, Oxfam-in-Belgium, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam France – Agir Ici, Oxfam Germany, Oxfam GB,Oxfam Hong Kong, Intermón Oxfam (Spain), Oxfam Ireland, Oxfam NewZealand, Oxfam Novib (Netherlands), and Oxfam Quebec. For furtherinformation about Oxfam International, visit www.oxfam.org.For further information about Oxfam’s publishing, and online ordering, visitwww.oxfam.org.uk/publications.
A companion website
for this book is available at:www.oxfam.org.uk/nationalcampaignsThis site contains further photos from the five case-study campaigns, video clips,campaigning materials, and a set of Powerpoint slides which summarise thecontents of the book for presentations or for those coming to the issues for thefirst time.

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