Activism refers to practices, activities and actions aimed at giving people the ability to actively contribute to a process of social change starting from the bottom. Our objective is that people acquire competencies and critical consciousness to act against discriminations, human rights violations, gender-based violence and poverty in Italy and in the world.ActionAid’s work focuses on raising awareness, mobilization and empowering people. Our programmes and projects emphasize community engagement and activism. This means that people, citizens and communities are the leader of the change process.Our numbersWe encourage the creation of networks among people, groups and associations that do advocacy together at the local, national and international level. We promote the opening of new spaces of activism and participation. In particular, we believe that schools are a key place to develop methodologies and practices to engage the educational community, particularly the youth.ActionAid works with different target groups ranging from individuals, groups, schools, community-based organizations, NGOs, institutional decision-makers and authorities. This is what we have achieved together:28 associations and 35 local groups300 activists and nearly 80.000 online activistsA network of 500 schools that use our toolkits and methodologies Our campaignsWe do advocacy through petitions, lobbying and campaigns towards local and national stakeholders. Campaigning creates and harnesses people’s power through organization, mobilization and communication around a simple and powerful demand in order to achieve a political or social change.In our campaigns, the rights-holders define the focus, the objectives and the strategies to be used to enhance the concreteness and credibility of the solutions that we ask for. Our campaigns start from local actions to create links with the national and international level.We implement campaigns in all different sectors where we work whenever there are issues that are priorities for the country. As follows you can find some examples of our recent campaigns:#Closed4women is a campaign that aims at sensitizing the public opinion on gender-based violence and the protection of women’s rights. In particular, the campaign wants to denounce the risk of closure that many spaces of and for women are facing, including the women’s houses and the antiviolence centers. Here you can see the campaign (in Italian) https://youtu.be/KYL9pEll4eg #SicuriPerDavvero aims at promoting awareness on the different phases of the risk management cycle: from the emergency response to the reconstruction. The key components of the campaign are listening the needs of the people and the participation of citizens and communities in the decision-making processes about data transparency, resource management, policy making and people’s rights. Watch our #SafeForReal campaign (in Italian).