RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY

The program objective is to enhance research, advocacy and networking for a just and fair legal and policy environment that promote rights, equality and non-discrimination. The goal is to achieve systemic changes towards the realisation of the rights of marginalised persons and Most at Risk Populations informed by evidence-based advocacy.

Weka Organisation is a key leader in the generation of cutting edge research on various dimensions of human rights of marginalised persons and Most at Risk Populations in Democratic Democratic of Congo and beyond. Our ground breaking research areas include: legal analysis of laws, policies and bills, baselines on new areas of interest for Weka Organisation, impact of laws on specific target groups, underlying determinants of human rights violations of marginalised persons and Most at Risk Populations groups, and traditional/informal justice systems including alternative dispute mechanisms among others.

Through the program, Weka Organisation works to contribute towards enhancing an enabling legal and policy environment where the rights of marginalised persons and Most at Risk Populations are upheld and respected. This is done through legal analysis to interrogate bills, laws, policies and regulatory frameworks to inform our advocacy and engagement by marginalised persons and Most at Risk Populations. Weka Organisation also uses national, regional and international mechanisms in order to secure greater rights for LGBTI persons; sex workers; women, girls and service providers in conflict with abortion laws; drug users; people living with HIV and;  poor men/women/elderly for land and property rights.

Weka Organisation further builds strategic partnerships to enhance the realisation, respect and protection of the rights of marginalised persons and Most at Risk Populations. Weka Organisation works with key Departments and Agencies like the Congolese Human Rights Commission, alliances and NGOs; marginalised persons and Most at Risk Populations networks and organisations (PLHIV/TB, sex workers, LGBTI, drug users and abortion rights activists) as well as other key stakeholders.

The organisation also engages in Strategic Interest Litigation at the national and regional levels in order to challenge legal provisions, norms and practices that contravene international human rights principles of equality and non-discrimination.  

To achieve the objectives of this program, Weka Organisation employs the following strategies

  • Knowledge Generation

  • National, regional and international Advocacy Campaigns

  • Strategic Interest Litigation

  • National, Regional and International Networking

  • Convenings