Monday, April 16, 2012

"Raising Awareness" What Does this mean to YOU?

"Raising awareness" is a phrase that advocacy groups commonly use when promoting a particular issue, organization, or event. Akin to consciousness raising, raising awareness refers to alerting the general public that a certain issue exists and should be approached the way the group desires. Common subjects include certain diseases (e.g. breast cancerAIDS), conflicts (e.g. the Darfur genocideglobal warming), movements (e.g. GreenpeacePETAEarth Hour), andpolitical parties or politicians.
The term awareness raising is also used in the Yogyakarta Principles against discriminatory attitudes[1] and LGBT stereotypes, as well as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to combat stereotypesprejudices, and harmful practices toward people with disabilities.[2]
Since informing the populace of a public concern is often regarded as the first step to changing how the institutions handle it, raising awareness is often the first activity any advocacy group engages in.  
With Porphyria we all have different forms, strengths and abilities so tell me what are you doing today to raise Awareness for Porphyria?  Read about it, talk about it, donate time, energy, money.  Hold a conference, inform your community, local news and TV.  Walk for a cause! Run the race if you can, you make it known to all we are all going to win if we just try.  Have a great week everyone!

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