Advocacy is not a science. It requires persistence and patience.
Advocacy is persuading a person with influence, the public, businesses, organizations, or governments to change attitudes, policies and/or practices about a certain issue. There are several types of advocacy:
Third-party Advocacy: when a person or organization, not directly involved in the issue, represents a person or group in advocating for change
Systemic Advocacy: aimed at changing legislation, policies, regulations or attitudes in order to benefit a group
Even in a perfect world, where systems work, and needs are met, there will always be people whose voices remain unheard and their need unrecognized. Advocacy is based on principles that each of us have the right to be heard and control how we are treated. Often, getting what we need is simply a matter of knowing where to go for advice or an answer, or finding what is available. There are situations when getting what we need requires that we convince someone or defend our rights and challenge a system that is rigid and archaic. In these situations, changes are needed. The way to make these changes is advocacy. This may mean, raising awareness or educating the public.