ADVOCACY AND LOBBYING ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL
Since its foundation, advocacy and lobbying for legislative change to promote social change, human rights and freedoms and gender equality has been a prioriy for Women for Women’s Rights-New Ways. WWHR-New Ways forms pressure groups and organizes campaigns of action on national front to affect legislative changes and ensure that they are implemented. An important aspect of our working method is to create our own alternative, thus take a proactive stand and then lobby for its adoption rather than remain merely reactive in our efforts to influence decision-making mechanisms.We do this by directly contacting the persons responsible for policy-making and engaging the decision-making process, creating publicity through the print and broadcast media, forming pressure groups and organizing joint campaigns with other organizations, and supporting and disseminating our views through our own publications and meetings.International resolutions and treaties, as well as achievements in other countries, form a significant basis for our efforts. Our work on the national front makes it abundantly clear that government commitments need to be put into time and action frameworks to ensure they are fulfilled.
WWHR-New Ways has also been actively involved in advocacy and lobbying efforts on the national level since its foundation. We have initiated and coordinated a number of national campaigns, including the Campaign for the Protection Order against domestic violence in 1997 – 1998, the Campaign for the Reform of the Civil Code in 2000-2001 and the Campaign for the ratification of the Optional Protocol to CEDAW by Turkey in 2001. Most recently, between 2002-2004, WWHR-New Ways has coordinated the Campaign for the Reform of the Penal Code from a Gender Perspective, which resulted in over 35 groundbreaking amendments towards the safeguarding of women’s sexual and bodily rights.