What is the European Advocacy Academy?

The European Advocacy Academy (EAA) is a semi-annual, international, political training event. It helps relevant stakeholders learn about and better understand the European dimensions of developments in the areas of freedom, family, and life. Each EAA programme will have a specific focus such as communications, the functioning of the EU, policymaking, etc. The EAA is the only programme of its kind, providing both substantive formation on critical issues and practical training to help leaders develop the skills needed to increase their influence.

EAA 5-8 April 2017. Focus on Communication

The April 2017 EAA will focus on developing key messages on the topics of human dignity, marriage, and the gender agenda. Civil society leaders who advocate for the family and life are often not fully equipped to effectively communicate on these matters. They need to acquire the knowledge and the tools needed to increase the effectiveness of their message in order to build support, and have a real impact in the public debate and policymaking. They also need to become part of an international network that transcends country borders.

Is the EAA for you?

The EAA is for you if:

  • you work full-time on issues related to the family, life, and freedom, or if you share a serious part-time commitment to them
  • you are actively involved in the public debate (in newspapers, on the radio, in public speaking, or on television)
  • you are training to become a public voice in your own country on behalf of the issues that EAA focuses on
  • you serve as the official spokesperson for your organization

What will you learn?

After completing the EAA you will:

  • know how to develop key messages and build arguments on behalf of the issues at stake, and how to communicate them in an efficient and effective way
  • be more aware of the deep cultural changes that our societies are undergoing today, and understand why and how these changes are occurring
  • have established a network that allows you to increase your political impact nationally and internationally, and have acquired direct access to experts and fellow activists all over Europe

The EAA is designed for European participants. All applications received shall be reviewed and
successful applicants shall be informed of their acceptance no later than the 15th of March.
Further logistical details will be communicated to you upon acceptance.


The April 2017 programme will include:

Sessions on developing key media messages on human dignity, marriage, and the gender agenda.

Practical lessons and personalized feedback on communication methods and public speaking techniques.

Networking opportunities, dinners with special guests, and exchanges among participants on specific topics.

Date & Venue


5-8 April 2017

Lodging and meals shall be provided.
*Participation fee: €200 if you choose to stay in a double room
€300 if you choose to stay in a single room





Participation fee*

€200 / €300



Sociologist & Writer,

Gabriele Kuby is a German sociologist, writer, and international speaker on the sexual revolution, gender mainstreaming, and secularism. In 2008, the weekly magazine Idea named her “Journalist of the Year”. In 2015 she published The Global Sexual Revolution in which she surveyed the global gender ideology and LGBT demands, and documented the devastating effects of pornography and sex education, the corruption of language, and the growing attacks on freedom of speech and religion.


Catholic Voices,

Jack Valero is an international speaker and media coach, and is the coordinator and co-founder of Catholic Voices, UK. He is also Press Officer for Opus Dei in the UK. In 2006 he co-ordinated, with Austen Ivereigh,  the Da Vinci Code Response Group, a team of Catholics who made themselves available to the media in the run-up to the film of the same name. In 2010 he was Press Officer for the Beatification of Cardinal Newman during the Papal Visit to Britain.


The Iona Institute,

David Quinn is an Irish journalist and commentator on religious and social affairs. For over ten years, he was editor of The Irish Catholic, a weekly newspaper. He has written weekly opinion columns for The Sunday Times, The Sunday Business Post and The Irish Daily Mail. Quinn has contributed to publications such as First Things, The Human Life Review and The Wall Street Journal Europe. Currently, he freelances and contributes weekly columns to The Irish Independent and The Irish Catholic. In January 2007, he founded the Iona Institute, a pro-family think tank.


ADF International,

Sophia Kuby holds an M.A. in philosophy from the Hochschule für Philosophie in Munich. She is a founding member of European Dignity Watch and was its Executive Director from 2010-2014. She currently serves as Director of EU Advocacy at ADF International in Brussels. She is an international speaker and media coach.

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Nouvelles de

Guillaume de Thieulloy is a French journalist and writer. He is the director of Nouvelles de France, Salon beige and L’Observatoire de la christianophobie. He is well known for promoting human dignity, religious freedom, and family values through his many online publications. He holds a Ph.D. in political studies.


Istituto Acton,

Kishore Jayabalan is director of Istituto Acton, the Acton Institute’s Rome office. He formerly worked for the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace as an analyst for environmental and disarmament issues, and as a desk officer for English-speaking countries. He also worked as an international economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC. He earned a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Michigan and holds an M.A. in political science from the University of Toronto.

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