REPORT – Advocacy with victims: Good practice and lessons learned in influencing policy

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The report highlights that advocacy with and by victims (survivors, family and community members of people injured or killed by cluster munitions) is not a straightfor­ward process.

It involves the perception of victims as people located within their historical, social, economic and political trajectories, their lives shaped by their varied experiences and their abilities honed by a complex combination of all of the above.

In projects where a diverse set of victims have been recruited as advocates, a number of steps can be taken and methods applied to ensure they are respected as individuals and their capacity as advocates is strengthened. Particularly, when State Parties commit to the participation of victims in formulating, implementing and monitoring of legally binding agreements (Convention on Cluster Munition in this case and its Vientiane Action Plan), it becomes essential to understand the ways of effective and efficient application.

Taking these pre­mises as its main lessons learned, the backdrop to this paper is the interplay of victims within the broader advocacy process. The data is taken from a mix of in-depth interviews, literature reviews and informal interactions, and it has been analysed using a qualitative approach only. How to work with victims as advocates in influencing policy is therefore the central focus of the paper.

To read the report, click here.