Identify an issue that is of importance in your community and choose a group through which you could advocate this issue.

Assignment 3: Plan for Advocacy
Complete all of theassigned reading for Units 9 to 11 and review your answers to the studyquestions. Identify an issue thatis of importance in your community and choose a group through which you could advocate this issue. Next, obtainyour tutor’s approval for your chosen issue and group. Consult with your tutorif you are having difficulty selecting either an appropriate issue or group orboth. Formulate an advocacy plan for this issue that focuses on working withthis group.To gather information onthe group, use their websites, printed materials, and videos, and trustworthynews articles and stories on the group. If you choose to communicate with the group in any way, (email, phone, in-person), please let your tutor know so thatthe appropriate research ethics can be discussed and followed.If any part of yourassignment involves research with human subjects (interview,survey/questionnaire, focus group, life history, participant observation), readthe Women’s and Gender Studies Research and Ethics Guidelines. Then download and complete theappropriate recruitment and consent forms, which are available on that page.Submit them with your assignment.Your plan for advocacyshould1. Describethe group you propose to work with and provide an analysis of the group’sstrengths and weaknesses.2. Clearlyidentify the key issue of your advocacy effort.3. Describethe opportunities as well as the barriers that the group may face with respectto the advocacy issue, you have chosen to address.4. Containa detailed description of how you intend to proceed. Your plan should discusso whowill advocateo to whomthey will advocateo howthey will advocate (that is, what strategies they will use)o whatgroup processes and tools will be usedo thetimelineso abudget5. whereappropriate, include alternative possibilities for each of these categories andgive your reasons for the choices you have made. Be creative and imaginative inyour choices.Your advocacy plan shouldalso reflect your responses to these critical questions:o What isthe focus of my advocacy strategy?o Who aremy target audiences and what do I want them to do?o What isthe impact that I hope these strategies will have?o Whatare the actual policy changes and decision-making structures that I want tochange or influence?For help in answeringthese questions, seeAssociation for Women’s Rights inDevelopment (AWID). (2003, December). An advocacy guide for feminists. YoungWomen and Leadership, 1, 1–8.The structure of youradvocacy plan should be clearly laid out. Include appropriate headings andsubheadings, and provide sufficient information under each heading to give aclear description of the situation and the proposed plan of action.Your plan/essay should beno less than 1,500 and no more than 3,000 words long. It should detail theresearch you have done on the issue and the resource materials you plan to use.Remember to provide scholarly support for the claims thatyou make in your essay and to documentyour sources thoroughly and correctly using APA style. All directquotations and indirect references to course materials (study guides andreadings) and to sources that you find in your own academic research (books,journal articles, news articles, organization websites) must be cited bothin-text and in a references list. Every time you use someone else’s words,ideas, statistics, or research, you must give them proper credit by using anin-text citation. Proper in-text citations are worth a large part of each ofthis course’s assignments. If you have not used in-text citations before,please contact your tutor with questions. For help on using APA format, go tothe Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).Your tutor will also wantto know when ideas are your own; indicate that by using the first person and byclearly stating, for example, “I think,” “I argue,” or “I propose.”Assignment 3 will beevaluated foro accuraterepresentation of your ideas on group process, strategies, and tools aspresented in the course materialso a richrepresentation of the group drawn from various source materialso a comprehensive response to the critical questions listed aboveo clarityof writing, includingo organizationo sentenceso grammaro mechanicso styleo vocabularyo spellingo documentation