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Advocacy is all about using your voice to support and propel a particular cause. 

It is about speaking up when something is wrong, and speaking up when things are fine but could be better. 

Advocacy is instrumental to what we do at Adhikaar Aotearoa. We want an Aotearoa where  LGBTQIA+ people of colour, can be themselves, free of fear and stigma, and explore their potential while challenging discrimination against them. We use advocacy to make sure that we meet this vision, particularly for our South Asian whānau.

Advocacy to us is about ensuring that the work we do has a large scale and long-lasting impact. Advocacy to us manifests the hope that we hold in the world and the promise of change. Advocacy to us is about talking to our communities, seeing what they need and getting it from the powers that be.

We advocate for our community in many ways:

  • We actively engage with the government of the day and ministries to make laws, supporting structures and policy that responds to the unique needs of our people.
  • We engage with organisations that are working in the LGBTQIA+ area, and that may need a bit of assistance being culturally responsive.
  • We engage with academia and knowledge producers to ensure that the research they do responds to the needs of our community.
  • We engage with other key stakeholders to ensure the work that we do is amplified and received by the people who need it the most.

We also use our advocacy tools to engage with overseas organisations to see how we can use our voices to support their work. LGBTQIA+ people of colour are a global community, and this is our way to contribute to this community. 

Please use the contact form and we will get back to you to talk through your specific situations.


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