What is advocacy?
We all know how frustrating it can be when people aren't listening to us. Unfortunately, being immigrants can sometimes mean it's even harder to have our opinions and ideas taken seriously by others. This can be very difficult to deal with, especially when you need to communicate often with parliamentatrians, statutory authorities, health and social care professionals.
We have seen time and time again how our rights have been denied to us, how the boundaries which serve as protection are eroded and acts if intellectual, emotional and physical violence inflicted, seemingly without legal or moral restitution. These are sysmptoms of Advocacy failure. We Hindus exist in a world where adversarial advocacy often wins the day, not moral or ethical right.
Time and time again we find that "they" don't always offer us the opportunities and choices we have a right to expect, and its the default assumption of non-hindu power nbases to assume that Hindus dont matter.
At GHF we recognise that this must change, on a global level and that is the level at which we seelk to make alliances and act for change.
What does an advocate do?
The role of an advocate depends on any situation and the support we need or want. But they are there to support our choices.
As an Hindu member of our GHF family we can:
- listen to your views and concerns
- help explore our options and rights
- provide information to help make informed decisions
- help contact relevant people
- initiate campaigns
- arrange meetings and events.
Success depends upon numbers, so please do consider joining us.