In June, the Center for Reproductive Rights hosted its inaugural meeting of the Africa Reproductive Rights Initiative (ARRI) in Mombasa, Kenya, bringing together a network of lawyers and advocates working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The ARRI network aims to create opportunities for a more integrated reproductive rights movement throughout Africa, where advocates can learn from each other’s experiences, share information, and amplify their voices.
Network members analyzed the legal landscape of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa, sharing their own experiences with litigation before national and regional entities, discussing how to identify potential petitioners, build a strong evidence base, and leverage out of court strategies to advance litigation.
Attendees then spent three days undergoing an intensive advocacy workshop, where they strategized on how to advance a specific reproductive rights initiative and participated in interactive role-plays. The convening closed with a training on developing effective communication strategies.