Eddie Avila, Tanya Lokot and Arzu Geybulla on the GVeX Workshop


GVeX podcast recording session at Radio Grenouille Studio in Marseille

3 weeks ago, the Global Voices Exchange team met in Marseille for a 5 days workshop. Thirteen female advocates and activists along with the Global Voices team got together to discuss and work towards redefining the practices of advocacy in the Global South. It was a workshop full of emotions, brilliant ideas and excellent discussions.

Coming from different countries, every participant had a unique experience and added value to all the discussions. We talked about the difference between an activist and an advocate and how each us self-identifies. We discussed the different approaches to strategy design and the importance of measurement and evaluations. We discussed our experiences working with the different resources and how they are not adequate for many of the situations that arise when working in the global south. We also asked a lot of questions when thinking about a digital advocacy campaign:

  • How can we describe our political climates?
  • How do we build trust?
  • What motivates people to take action?
  • How do we deal with threats and disruptive elements? and much more!

We are excited to share our progress with the online community and we look forward for your feedback. So take a minute or five to take a look at the blog posts written by Arzu Geybulla, Zarah Rahman and Willow Brugh after our workshop. And if you are stuck in traffic somewhere tune in to our podcast channel to know more about the project and the experiences shared by GVeX core team.

I leave you now with our latest podcast with Rising Voices director Eddie Avile, Arzy Geybulla and Tanya Lokot! 


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