The Advocating for Change Toolkit developed by the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) is a comprehensive resource designed to support communities in their advocacy efforts for social change. In response to the expressed needs of APTN country partners and community leaders, the toolkit offers practical tools and advice for navigating local advocacy spaces and engaging with key stakeholders, including legislators, policymakers, and national human rights institutions.
Effective advocacy plays a crucial role in empowering organizations to influence important issues and ensure that the voices of marginalized communities are heard in policy-making processes. APTN recognizes the importance of structured advocacy and aims to assist country partners in conceptualizing and streamlining their future advocacy interventions through the use of this toolkit.
Additionally, APTN’s #SkillsforChange series titled “Public Campaigning for Advocacy & Social Change” offers four online workshops specifically designed for trans and gender diverse advocates from Asia and the Pacific. These workshops focus on enhancing participants’ skills in public campaigning for advocacy. By engaging with traditional, online, and social media platforms, public campaigning has proven to be a powerful tool for increasing awareness and visibility of the lived experiences of LGBTI people. It also aims to reshape the narratives surrounding SOGIESC (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression, and Sex Characteristics) rights issues in both public and political spheres. Furthermore, public campaigning helps amplify the calls for action from LGBTI advocates, promoting social change.
In summary, APTN’s Advocacy Toolkit and #SkillsforChange series demonstrate the organization’s commitment to supporting communities in their advocacy efforts. By providing practical tools and workshops, APTN aims to strengthen the skills and capacity of advocates to promote positive social change and amplify the voices of marginalized individuals within the broader discourse on human rights and equality.