The Advocacy Programme strives to achieve a conducive legal and policy environment for HRDs in Kenya, including through coordinating and harmonizing our advocacy interventions with those undertaken by our partners. In addition, we also initiate and carry out advocacy around specific cases of HRDs that have been identified in conjunction with Protection Programme staff as being in need of complementary measures that go beyond immediate protection responses. The programme approach include:
a) Advocacy on policy and legislation
NCHRD-K conducts advocacy at the national and county levels by engaging with individual lawmakers and law-making bodies to gain support for the development of policy and legal framework conducive to the protection of rights of HRDs in Kenya.
b) Networking and partnerships
A key aspect of NCHRD-K’s advocacy is the creation of networks and linkages with stakeholders and other actors. This approach has enabled NCHRD-K to improve knowledge-sharing and increase skill-expertise, with a positive impact on the ability to influence actors who are in a position to effect changes in the situation of HRDs. NCHRD-K’s national and county networks, for example, enable it to cover the whole country, and monitor developments in the situation of HRDs and feed that information in advocacy strategies in real time
c) Media and communication
Media is an important tool for reaching and sensitising the public on current affairs, and for mobilisation. NCHRD-K spreads its messages to communities and HRDs at the national and county level through vernacular and community based radio stations. NCHRD-K also plans to roll out regional and international TV and radio interviews to highlight the status of HRDs in Kenya. The NCHRD-K has also embraced advances in communication technology to reach wider audiences through its website (www.hrdcoalition.org
) and social media.
d) Research and Documentation
Through the monitoring, documenting and reporting carried out by its regional and county representatives, NCHRD-K is able to map out trends in threats and risks to HRDs in Kenya and human rights violations perpetrated against them, and feed that accordingly both in direct protection measured and advocacy strategies