Community Advocate Mentor Program
“If you live in
conflict, which we have, the whole emphasis was on surviving...
it has been very helpful to learn the tools we can put in
place to further our own peace process. It is now about trying
to find the opportunities for people to understand there is
a different way of life.”
~ 2006 CAMP-NI Delegate Pamela
The Community Advocate Mentor Program (CAMP), is designed
to strengthen the public policy, lobbying and advocacy skills
of recognized women leaders from regions moving from conflict
to co-existence. CAMP began in 2000 with a 5 year program
that trained female leaders from the Northern Ireland region.
At the end of the program, CAMP had trained nealy 100 women
leaders and had made a genuine impact on the Northern Ireland
political landscape. Because of the overwhelming positive
response from the CAMP-Ireland program, IWDC was approached
to begin a new program for women leaders in Israel and Palestine,
and so CAMP-Middle East was born. Beginning in 2007 and stretching
over a five year period, IWDC will train women leaders from
the Middle East how to effectively lobby their government
and strengthen civil society.
IWDC has now made a five year commitment to facilitate the
Community Advocate Mentor Program with Palestinian and Israeli
women leaders that began in the Spring 2007. Twelve established
women leaders - 6 Israelis and 6 Palestinians - crossed borders
into Washington and crossed barriers by becoming friends.
The initial CAMP Delegation,
from Northern Ireland in 2000, takes a moment for pictures
with Representatives Carolyn McCarthy and Peter King (right).
- To strengthen the public policy, lobbying and advocacy
skills of established women leaders living in regions of
- To train women leaders how to effectively lobby their
legislators, to advocate for issues central to their organizations'
mission and to manage issue-based campaigns.
- Each year, established Palestinian and Israeli women leaders
will travel to Washington, DC for two weeks of intensive
hands-on public policy training.
- The first week includes an overview of how public policy
is created through sessions led by lobbyists, public policy
specialists and Members of Congress.
- During the second week, each woman shadows a Washington,
D.C. based lobbyist and a Member of Congress to gain first-hand
experience of how the legislative, judicial and executive
branches of government intersect to shape and create public
Read about the successes of a few of our past CAMP programs:
CAMP-NI 2000, CAMP-NI
2006 as well as the first Middle East program completed,
CAMP-ME 2007, and most
recently CAMP ME 2008.