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How one can contribute to the CIAC’s strategic pillars as an implementing member:
Knowledge Production & Dissemination
This pillar seeks to build a repository of information and data related to the independence of the African Commission in African Union (AU) languages.
About Strategic Pillar
This pillar on knowledge production and dissemination entails two interrelated roles of creation and sharing of information pertaining to the independence of the African Commission in AU languages. It involves creating, maintaining, publicizing and utilizing a repository of data, analysis and resources related to the independence of the African Commission and other matters pertaining to Decision 1015. It also involves utilizing both traditional and non-traditional media platforms at the national, regional and international levels.
What You are Volunteering To Do
To contribute to this strategic pillar a candidate is volunteering to carry out research and analysis pertaining to the independence of the African Commission and other Decision 1015 matters. Other contributions include speaking to the media, writing op-ed and/or articles pertaining to the independence of the African Commission, doing press releases and statements. Production of briefing notes, podcasts, videos, webinars and other online campaign related materials showcasing peoples’ stories and narratives of actual cases showing the success of the African Commission through videos, photos, opinion editorials, research, publications, blogs disseminated through the CIAC website, Facebook and twitter pages.
Skills / Expertise / Resources Required
To effectively contribute to this pillar a candidate ought to be able to have access to information and be able to track processes at the African Union level; have access to publishing platforms and/or media contacts to influential media houses and/or personnel at the national, regional and/or international media houses. They should also have time and other resources/skills required to carry out relevant research. They should also have the ability and technical resources to develop advocacy material for different audiences.
This pillar seeks to increase regional and international solidarity in support of the independence of the African Commission by identifying individuals, networks and institutions that may have an interest in the campaign for an independent African Commission.
About Stakeholder engagement
This pillar entails identification and keeping of key stakeholders informed of the implications/impact of Decision 1015 and urge them to take impactful actions such as issuing statements and speaking out. Key stakeholders include but not limited to: legal scholars, former African heads of States, national human rights institutions, Pan African Parliament, Permanent Representatives Committee, African Chief Justices, eminent persons from relevant sectors such as academia, governance, international relations, human rights scholars etc. This also entails liaising with international bodies such as OHCHR and UN treaty bodies; and other sub-regional human rights systems such as the Inter-American Human Rights System etc.
What You are Volunteering To Do
Under this pillar a candidate is volunteering to encouraging key stakeholders to support the independence of the African Commission by raising public awareness on the need for an independent African Commission through open letter writing campaign and encouraging key stakeholders to speak out and/or issue statements.
To effectively contribute to this pillar a candidate ought to be able to have the resources and ability to host/co-host joint events and/or provides spaces and platforms that can be utilized for campaign-related dialogue by CIAC members. A candidate should also have relationships with key stakeholders and be in a position to track their schedules in order to identify stakeholders and coordinate issuing of statements and/or messaging for them to speak out in support of independence of the African Commission based on their analysis of what the issues are. A candidate should also be in a position to monitor threats to other accountability mechanisms and provide relevant contextual information to write open letters to the key stakeholder(s) targeted for action.
This pillar seeks to raise awareness of States who play a leading role in the attacks against the African Commission and works with member States who can defend accountability mechanisms from attacks.
About State engagement
This pillar entails identifying and developing a pool of friendly and hostile AU member states that can protect accountability mechanisms and exposing those that undermine accountability mechanisms respectively in order to foster joint actions to resist attacks by member states and other actors that threaten accountability mechanisms.
What You are Volunteering To Do
The candidate is volunteering to identifying and initiating dialogue with friendly AU member states, mapping state representatives of AU organs such us the Permanent Representative Committee, Pan African Parliament, The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child etc. who are supportive or can support the independence of the African Commission and protect accountability mechanisms. Additionally, the candidate is also volunteering to identify and map out hostile AU member state that undermine accountability mechanism and exposing their role in weakening accountability mechanisms.
To effectively contribute to this pillar a candidate ought to have a pool of information resources obtained through networks, coalitions, movements etc. that are able to monitor and share information on the behaviour of AU member states and how their respective behaviour promotes or undermines the African Commission and other existing accountability mechanisms. The candidate should also have direct interaction with the AU and its organs such that they are able to navigate and negotiate with the respective organ systems and structures to ensure accountability mechanisms are not undermined. The candidate should also have the skills, resources and expertise to supporting the co-ordination of the campaign-related efforts being put in the various sub-regions and countries.