Building alliances for advocacy has been a major strategy of The Hunger Project. Both nationally and in the states, conventions have been organized by The Hunger Project, to enable federations of elected women representatives to come together as one. Conventions give elected women a space to learn and share from each others experiences.
[spoiler]Stories and experiences of courage and good governance inspire incumbent elected women leaders and give them hope to participate in institutions of democracy and governance, despite the odds of marginalization, patriarchy, feudalism, gender discrimination and gender based violence. Sharing the same space with elected members of the legislative council, senior bureaucrats and media professionals instills a sense of dignity and self respect amongst women. Conventions provide elected women a platform to advocate for women’s political and social rights and plan for future advocacy campaigns and collective action. Conventions are also a time for solidarity, celebration and they build strong bonds across caste, region, religion and class amongst elected women. State level conventions were held in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, while in Orissa, a district level convention was held.[/spoiler]