(Re)defining policy advocacy in the age of digital spaces

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Much of policy advocacy work has focused on working to gain media attention and changing its discourse on certain issues. Yet in the case of Vietnam - a country infamous for its lack of freedom of the press - such work proved to be insufficient, and even a waste of resources in many cases. This situation has pushed Vietnamese advocates to maximize the use of online spaces and find creative ways to raise public awareness, which in turn create pressures on the government for policy changes. Experiences from the process of (i) advocating for a Vietnam's Law on Association that protect people's rights to freedom of association; (ii) advocating for the inclusion of a holistic approach in the policy implemented by the Vietnam's Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs will be shared to generate discussion among participants. This session seeks to generate and provide participants with more creative ways to policy advocacy by taking the advantages of expanding digital spaces.