Anywhere you live, people will use a form of media to communicate with each other. This could be a school newsletter, a local newspaper, a radio station or a TV programme. Building public awareness is an important part of the advocacy process.
A good place to start is to identify forums in your area where discussions often take place.
If you live in a rural area, people might gather at clinics or community halls, or use notice boards for communication, they may also have more one-on-one contact with other people. If you live in a small town, people might communicate more through a local newspaper or radio, or social gatherings. If you live in a city with widespread internet access, these conversations might take place online.
One of the things you could do is engage with a local radio station.
Radio is an excellent way of communicating with a large audience and radio hosts are often looking for interesting topics to talk about on their shows. If there is a show that discusses issues related to your topic, give the radio station a call and see if they would be interested in hearing your story.
You could also write something, and have it published.
This might be an information poster, a short article in a school newsletter, an opinion piece for a newspaper, or a blog post for a website. The main idea is that you are taking your idea and putting it into written form. Be creative: why not try to express yourself through poetry, storytelling, or cartoons? Always make sure your message is strong and clear. And, of course, you could call a journalist, make time to sit with them and explain your issue, your story - good journalists are always looking for good stories to tell.
Social media is a powerful platform to communicate ideas and raise awareness. Learn more about how to organise a social media campaign and stay safe while doing it here.