Social Change Advocacy

The Social Change Advocacy programme of LAPO seeks to influence policymakers, resource holders, access providers and individuals to implement policies capable of bringing about positive changes in the lives of the poor and the marginalized. At local and regional levels, LAPO has created platforms and fora where policy makers, members of the civil society, youths and community leaders meets to dissect and address burning social issues including health, participation, governance, education and economic development. Her involvement in the drafting of a gender bill in partnership with policy makers prompted the enactment of laws prohibiting widowhood practices, prostitution and women trafficking, and female genital mutilation in Edo State. Increasing number of LAPO beneficiaries are now participating more in politics with some vying for elective offices as a result of our advocacy programme.

Objectives

  • To influence public policies, laws & regulations in favour of women and the marginalized
  • To create high level awareness on rights, privileges & obligations of citizens
  • To increase the number of women with the boldness to challenge discrimination and injustices against them in the society
  • To enhance women’s ability to seek redress on violations concerning heritage, domestic violence, and widowhood rites on the basis of existing legislation
  • To increase the number of women refusing to be involved in harsh widowhood rites, both as perpetrators and as victims
  • To stem societal discrimination against women

Activities

 

Annual Development Forum

The LAPO Annual Development Forum is a vital component of the organization's strategy for stimulating investigation into the nature and causes of poverty. The forum provides opportunity for individuals, development partners, scholars, professional institutions, LAPO clients, religious and traditional bodies and other stakeholders in development and poverty alleviation to design a realistic roadmap to fast track societal development. Papers on selected topics are usually presented and discussed and ideas exchanged. Ideas generated from previous editions of the Forum have strengthened LAPO programme focus and delivery strategies.    

 

The LAPO Annual Development Forum is held annually as an activity to mark the October 17 International Day for the elimination of poverty and destitution. Millions have overcome extreme poverty and attained better access to financial services, healthcare and social transformation with the support of LAPO over the past two decades.

 

Bridging-The-Gap (BTG) TV Programme

Bridging-The-Gap is a 30-minute television programme aimed at drawing attention to vital issues in development such as poverty, gender inequality and governance. Discussions, interviews, client testimonies and vox pops are regular features on the programme aired weekly on local television stations.

 

LAPO-In-Focus (Radio Programme)

The LAPO-In-Focus is a quarter-hour radio programme aimed at drawing attention to vital issues in development such as poverty, gender inequality and governance. Discussions, interviews and client testimonies are regular features on the programme aired weekly on a local FM station.