Producing Knowledge For Social Change
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We prioritise knowledge production and developing materials that serve as resources for ourselves, our partners and organisations who want to deepen their understanding and improve their ways of doing strategic litigation in Africa. We seek to surface undocumented knowledge held by feminist litigators. The process involves continuously contributing to knowledge about how to litigate on issues relating to women’s sexual and human rights while producing feminist counter-narratives to the gendered knowledge and legal interpretations currently available to strategic litigators. We recognise that social movements are able to produce knowledge from their own lived experiences which should be used to enhance strategic litigation.
We facilitate public engagement, including ISLA Conversations, which are live interactive sessions on topical issues that lead to the realisation of women’s sexual and human rights on the continent, and we also participate in partners events.
Our Publications (English)
Sourcing Gender and Sexuality Cases
Developing Feminist Lawyers
Litigating for Reproductive Justice
Litigating Human Trafficking Cases
Legal Empowerment to Litigate SOGIE Cases: Documenting the Experiment (2016-2022)
Our Publications (French)
Preuve de Concept_Reseau des droits humains des femmes
Recherche de Cas Sur le Genre et la Sexualite
Manual_Article 14 Heath & Reproductive Right French
Contentieux des affaire de traite des etres humain
Trauma-informed Survivor Centred Lawyering Standards French
NGOs train law students on gender-sensitive litigation
Gala Times – Support and Solidarity
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.