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ISLA admitted as amicus curiae in the High Court at Nairobi in Wambui Mwangi v Tony Mochama  & Shailja Patel Civil Appeal No 507 of 2019

For Release Date: 15 November 2022 ISLA admitted as amicus curiae in the High Court at Nairobi in Wambui Mwangi v Tony Mochama  & Shailja Patel Civil Appeal No 507 of 2019 Nairobi, Kenya #WomenWhoSpeak ISLA has been admitted in an appeal from a defamation case...

Protection of the Right to Freedom of Expression and Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ABUJA, 19 JULY 2022 Appeal at the Nigerian Court of Appeal to set aside refusal of the Corporate Affairs Commission to register an association and challenge discriminatory provisions contained in section 4(1) of the Same-Sex (Marriage)...

State Obligation To Protect Rape Survivors

For Immediate Release Litigation on Failure of State to Fulfil its Due Diligence Obligation to Investigate Sexual Offences: Unconstitutionality of Out of Court Settlements Initiated by State Actors Nairobi, Kenya Yesterday, 5th July 2022, the Centre for Rights...

Tanzania: Court to Rule on Education Ban for Pregnant Students

https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/06/27/tanzania-court-rule-education-ban-pregnant-students For Immediate Release Tanzania: Court to Rule on Education Ban for Pregnant StudentsAmicus from Rights Groups to African Human Rights Court (Nairobi, June 27, 2022) – A landmark...

Redress for discrimination against and the unlawful arrest and detention of LGBTI activists and community members in Ghana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ACCRA, 17JUNE 2022 A constitutional litigation in the Ghana High Court seeking redress for discrimination against and the unlawful arrest and detention of LGBTI activists and community members in Ghana On 14 June 2022, the litigants in the case,...

Parties make oral arguments on the protection of all forms of family and equitable division of property arising out of family forming unions

For immediate release 14th June 2022 Parties make oral arguments on the protection of all forms of family and equitable division of property arising out of family forming unions Today, 14th June 2022, ISLA appeared before the Supreme Court of Kenya during the hearing...

The advancement of family law to question the role of fault in divorces and the protection of parties who are cohabiting – admission as amici curiae in cases before the Kenya Supreme Court and High Court.

For immediate release 19 May 2022 The advancement of family law to question the role of fault in divorces and the protection of parties who are cohabiting – admission as amici curiae in cases before the Kenya Supreme Court and High Court. Today was a great day for...

MEDIA STATEMENT The ISLA: “Social Change requires holding Governments Accountable”

MEDIA STATEMENT The ISLA: “Social Change requires holding Governments Accountable” Monday, 9 May 2022 The Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) is a feminist, Pan-African organisation that uses the law to hold States and other actors accountable for...

Media Statement: There Is No Single Definition Of Family

Attention: editors Wednesday, 4 May 2022 There is no one definition of family in international human rights law and ‘family’ can therefore be understood as a concept with many definitions and diverse variations “Family means different things to different people, and...

Press Release: FEO v JAO SOA 3 March 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kenya – 4 March 2022 On 3 March 2022, the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Kenya and The Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (The ISLA) were admitted as joint amici in a case where the plaintiff contends that since the death of his...

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Founded in 2014, the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) is a Pan-African and feminist initiative with a timely remit: to strengthen strategic human rights litigation across the African continent. Essentially, we aim to change the way that strategic litigation is used so as to enable broader access to justice and to support those who seek to hold states accountable for violations of women’s human rights and sexual rights.

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