By Elias Hakizimana.
One secret for Civil Society Organizations to influence laws and policies while doing advocacy for human rights and justice issues is to join efforts and try to get feedback on activities that were already done.
This is a pre-requisite and paramount when every CSO’s members get in touch and come together to discuss the progress of their works according to Anthony Busingye, the Executive Secretary of the umbrella of youth who strive for Human Rights and Development (AJPRODHO-JIJUKIRWA).
Busingye delivered this message on Friday, October 12th, 2019 in Kigali during an extra-ordinary meeting with CSOs working in Justice and Human Right sectors in Gasabo District. He called up on them to join efforts and learn how they can get feedback of their activities in order to adequately influence laws and policies together.
AJPRODHO-Jijukirwa works in 16 Districts of Rwanda and is among the existing committee of Justice, Reconciliation, Law and Order Sector Strategy (JRLOS) representing CSOs in Gasabo District.
“We want to see the feedback of our activities and to make good strategy of how to influence laws and policies when we are doing our advocacy activities. Being scattered is a challenge but knowing each other and joining efforts will be vital to foster our activities,” Busingye told CSOs members.
He said that JRLOS is a very dynamic and active sector working countrywide but CSO-members do not get feedback on their activities. “It is the reason why we decided to meet and set strategies of how we can make a common planning and coordinate efforts in advocating for our people in justice sector,” Busingye added.
Commenting on this initiative, Aimable Mwananawe, National Coordinator of Ihorere Munyarwanda Organisation (IMRO) said that the goal to empower JRLOS and justice sector in general will be met as all CSO Members come together and share ideas of how things can be done.
Most of the participants to this meeting argued to have quarterly coordination meetings and conduct consultative planning with JRLOS committee in order to achieve their goals of advocacy.
“This space is important to help us avoid duplication of what we do and it can enable us get feedback from government officials when conducting advocacy activities,” said Nooliet Kabanayana, Executive Secretary of Rwanda NGOs Forum working on AIDS and Health Promotion.
Hon. Theobald Mporanyi, an expert in Reproductive Health applauded for the initiative, saying it will improve CSOs’ working frameworks.
“If you have one donor for example, you need also meet and see what is next to make everything consistent, and, you all work for citizen’s interests,” he noted.
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