When I entered university ten years ago, I commenced my peaceful activities. We were young activists who were looking to cause evolution through advocacy. We rarely had any training or study sources. Due to repressive conditions in Iran, we did not have any access to experienced activists and their knowledge and expertise. All our activities were just trial and error — which consumed more time and energy and had a higher cost. Doing advocacy work in Iran is much different than doing the same work in democratic countries.
Through the Sister-to-Sister program, I experienced practically the points and rules that I had learned earlier in my activities and already had found my way. For me, the value of the Sister-to-Sister program was that I learned how to predict and design the strategies of my project through analyzing its weak points and highlighting its strong points. In addition, by learning more about the advocacy work of international organizations, I can take part more efficiently in discussions around alliance-building and lobbying. I combined all the knowledge I gained in the program with what I already knew in developing a campaign called #FreeNarges to free my friend Narges Mohammadi. Please join us on Facebook and Twitter.