Advocacy is an essential component of both FELM’s church work and development cooperation work.
FELM’s advocacy work aims to address the structures that create poverty and prevent people from being able to realise their human rights. These structures include: discrimination based on gender, ethnicity or religion; lack of opportunities to affect democratic processes; unjust and discriminatory legislation; and social injustice.
The goal of our advocacy work is to bring about changes in attitudes, practices and decision-making processes that lead to improvements in the lives of the weak and marginalised. Our advocacy work operates on three levels:
- Developing countries: Advocacy work in developing countries consists of supporting the advocacy activities and priorities of our partner organisations and churches on the ground. It is they who are best able to assess the advocacy needs of their own communities and societies and take appropriate action.
- Internationally: FELM’s international advocacy work is mostly carried out with and through the various international ecumenical organisations to which it belongs. These organisations include the ACT Alliance, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches. FELM supports the participation of our partner organisations in these networks and also supports them in raising issues that are of concern to them.
- In Finland we participate in dialogue with church and political decision-makers, carry out awareness-raising work concerning pressing global issues and invite people to help bring about change through campaigns and different types of stunts. FELM’s main campaign is the Equal Share campaign, which has been running, with various campaign themes, for a number of years. FELM carries out advocacy work both alone and in collaboration with other actors such as churches and other NGOs.
FELM’s advocacy work focuses on five themes, which are: human rights, especially of marginalised groups; food security; HIV and AIDS; peace and reconciliation; and faith and development.
Read more about our advocacy themes
Read more about FELM’s advocacy policy