Producing Knowledge For Social Change

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Knowledge Production

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.

Public Engagements

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)

Challenges In Litigating Women's Land and Property Rights

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Litigating For Protection of Women's Rights In Separation, Divorce and Annulment of Marriage

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Comparative Perspectives on Amicus Curiae Practice In Africa

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Defending Women Who Speak

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Litigating Forced Sterilisation In Africa

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Legal Empowerment to Litigate SOGIE Cases: Documenting the Experiment (2016-2022)

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ISLA Insights

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Sourcing Gender and Sexuality Cases

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Developing Feminist Lawyers

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Litigating for Reproductive Justice

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Litigating Human Trafficking Cases

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ISLA in Francophone West Africa PAST EXPERIENCE, PRESENT LESSONS AND FUTURE STRATEGIES

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Strategic Litigation in Francophone West Africa COMPARATIVE REFLECTIONS ON LEGAL CONTEXT, SYSTEMS AND PRACTICE

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Our Publications (French)

Preuve de Concept_Reseau des droits humains des femmes

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Recherche de Cas Sur le Genre et la Sexualite

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Plaider en Faveur de la Justice Reproductive

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LE CONTENTIEUX DE LA STÉRILISATION FORCÉE EN AFRIQUE

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Articles

NGOs train law students on gender-sensitive litigation

Gala Times – Support and Solidarity

Public Engagements

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 9028

Fax: +27 11 338 9029

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