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    The IPPF EN experience with advocacy.

    Thomas L

    Choices. 2001 Autumn; 2-5.

    The dictionary definition of advocacy is as “active support, especially of a cause.” International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) European Network has further refined this definition as the act or process of supporting a cause or issue. It is not the simple act of giving information. It is seeking to influence, to lobby for change and to sustain that change, once it has been achieved. It became necessary to refine the definition to enable colleagues throughout Europe to translate the word into their own languages. Despite the complexities of language, there is no difficulty with the concept. It is now well understood that it is an essential part of the work of movements such as IPPF and its Family Planning Associations, which want to make a difference and to improve the quality of life of people and which want to ensure that governments honor their responsibilities and agreed commitments. (author's)
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