The Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) began work in 2014. It is a Pan-African organisations that provides expertise on strategic litigation in the field of sexual rights and women’s human rights. The organisation was founded in recognition of the need for jurisprudence on violations of women’s human rights and sexual rights across the African continent. ISLA aims to enable broader access to justice and support those who seek to hold States accountable for violations of women’s rights and sexual rights.
Despite persistent and visible human rights violations based on gender and sexuality, current legal efforts to hold states accountable for the violations of human rights have not produced a lot of jurisprudence. ISLA helps develop jurisprudence within domestic courts, African Human Rights Systems and UN Treaty bodies. This method is used to bring about significant change, via taking carefully selected cases to court and using them to change law, practice and public awareness.
ISLA works alongside their partners to change laws and practices that constitute barriers to strategic litigation. ISLA believes in sustained investment in local institutions and individuals is the key to creating a critical mass of domestic lawyers who can engage in strategic litigation. ISLA provides training in strategic litigation that is needed for lawyers to contribute to strategic litigation cases. In providing long-term support to partner institutions to provide individual and institutional support, in order to achieve successful legal outcomes.
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