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Advocacy Update: Mark Your Calendars!

World Vision Advocates. Photo: ©2014 Garrett Hubbard/Genesis Photos

World Vision Advocates.
Photo: ©2014 Garrett Hubbard/Genesis Photos

World Vision’s Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C.: March 22-23, 2016

Join World Vision for two days of personal, hands-on training in advocacy practices for your chapter or circle!

  • – Hear from World Vision policy advisors about key advocacy priorities for the year
  • – Receive in-depth training about how to engage in advocacy using a biblical approach
  • – Learn how to leverage social media & other tools with your chapter for advocacy impact
  • – Meet in person with your representatives in Congress, with help from World Vision staff

Whether your Women of Vision group is new to advocacy or filled with experienced veterans, this trip will surely deepen your advocacy skills and equip you to effectively engage in advocacy with World Vision for the year ahead!

*Space is limited.  Online registration will be open January 1st – 8th

Visit the event website for more details and to register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/world-vision-advocacy-trip-tickets-19920621114?aff=wovblog

 

2015 Highlights

2015 was another year of incredible advocacy impact for Women of Vision.  You continue to be some of World Vision’s most engaged and influential advocates!  THANK YOU for all of your hard work this past year – we are celebrating with you!

  • – You raised your voices on behalf of the world’s poor through calls, emails, hand-written notes, tweets, in-person visits and op-eds in your local papers to advocate for the Girls Count Act, The Reach Every Mother and Child Act, restored funding for the International Labor Affairs Bureau, and Syrian refugees.
  • – Proposed cuts to the International Labor Affairs Bureau, which supplies critical funding to child protection programs globally, were prevented – and funding was mostly restored in the Congressional budget package – in large part due to the efforts of World Vision advocates! You can read the full announcement here.
  • – The Girls Count Act became law in June and at least one member of Congress cosponsored directly because of Women of Vision advocacy. Many more voted in support of the bill because of your efforts.
  • – The Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2015 was introduced in both the House and the Senate, after months of hard work behind the scenes in D.C. and from advocates like you, asking your representatives to sponsor this important bill. Much work remains to be done on this important legislation in 2016, but a great foundation has been laid!
  • – Women of Vision Charlotte sent 10 members to Washington, D.C. in March for advocacy training and meetings with Rep. Robert Pittenger and staff from Senators Tillis’ and Burr’s offices on Capitol Hill.
  • – August in-district meetings were conducted in Vancouver and Seattle, WA, Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, Charlotte, NC, and Orange County, CA.
  • – Women of Vision Austin had a phenomenal op-ed published in their local paper, the Austin Statesman, about the Reach Act. Great job, Austin!

 

2016 Forecast

As we head into 2016, we’re looking forward to making progress on the Reach Act, humanitarian aid for refugees, and funding for foreign assistance budget accounts.  We’ll also be engaging around some different legislation related to child protection and global food security – stay tuned for action opportunities monthly on this blog, or sign up to receive more timely action alerts at www.worldvision.org/beyond5.

For questions about any of the above, contact Amanda Mootz, World Vision Advocacy Mobilization Specialist, at amootz@worldvision.org.

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