Our Team

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Executive Team

Sibongile Ndashe

Sibongile Ndashe

ED/Acting Litigation Director

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Dr Ruth Nekura

Dr Ruth Nekura

Legal Director

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Sophie Makoleba Jessie

Sophie Makoleba Jessie

Director of Finance and Operations

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Litigation Directorate

Sibongile Ndashe

Sibongile Ndashe

Acting Litigation Director

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Winfred Odali

Winfred Odali

Junior Feminist Lawyer

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Litigation for Social Change

Carolene Kituku

Carolene Kituku

WSER Lawyer

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Thiruna Naidoo

Thiruna Naidoo

Litigation Coordinator

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Legal Directorate

Dr Ruth Nekura

Dr Ruth Nekura

Legal Director

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Amorlett Nyamweda

Amorlett Nyamweda

Legal Co-ordinator

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Santana Simiyu

Santana Simiyu

Partnerships Manager

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Francophone Unit

Cynthia Kalenga

Cynthia Kalenga

Francophone & Collaboration Co-ordinator

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Joy Awich

Joy Awich

Francophone Legal Officer

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Building Partnership for Social Justice

Simonia Mashangoane

Simonia Mashangoane

Partnerships Coordinator for Call to Action Coalition

Operations Directorate

Sophie Makoleba Jessie

Sophie Makoleba Jessie

Director of Finance and Operations

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Sophie Ndhlovu-January

Sophie Ndhlovu-January

Operations Manager

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Thabisile Sithole

Thabisile Sithole

Finance Officer

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Nomini Marala

Nomini Marala

Human Resource Manager

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Nomsa Mbaza

Nomsa Mbaza

Office Assistant

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ISLA Panel of Experts (IPE)

Rumbidzai Dube

Rumbidzai Dube

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Dr Satang Nabaneh

Dr Satang Nabaneh

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Dr Mariam Kamunyu

Dr Mariam Kamunyu

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Skye Tinevimbo Chirape

Skye Tinevimbo Chirape

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Board Of Directors

Sibongile Ndashe

Sibongile Ndashe

ED/Acting Litigation Director

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Doo Aphane

Doo Aphane

Board Member

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Nonhlanhla Mokwena

Nonhlanhla Mokwena

Board Member

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Carole Asero Ageng'o

Carole Asero Ageng'o

Board Member

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Liz Letebele

Liz Letebele

Board Member

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Salamata Sawadogo

Salamata Sawadogo

Board Member

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Rainatou Sow

Rainatou Sow

Board Member

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Simamkele Dlakavu

Simamkele Dlakavu

Board Member

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About Us

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.

Contact Details

Contact Number:

+27 11 338 9024/9028/9014

Fax: +27 11 338 9029

Address: 208-211 Rahima Moosa Street, Marble Towers, 15th Floor Johannesburg, 2001 Gauteng, South Africa