Advocacy

Advocacy

The HRAC uses advocacy as a tool to ensure the realisation of human rights in Ghana. The advocacy strategies are directed at various levels (government, government bodies, NGOs, communities and individuals) to highlight policy gaps, human rights violations and call for legislative reform.

For example, the HRAC organised three awareness creation seminars with law students and medical students at the Ghana Law School and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) at the University of Ghana, Legon. The seminars sought to identify the socio-political, cultural and economic factors that influence the policy frameworks relating to reducing maternal mortality in Ghana.

Through research and data analysis the HRAC is able to identify shortfalls and challenges in the implementation of policy and laws. Primarily, the HRAC targets and holds key state institutions accountable to their mandate. These institutions include the Police Service, Parliament, the Judiciary, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), Department of Social Welfare (DSW) and Ministries Agencies and Department (MDAs)and other relevantinstitutions.

The HRAC also runs community-based campaigns in hard-to-reach-areas in rural Ghana. These communities are often susceptible to human rights violations from local authorities, security agencies and multinational companies. These include mining communities, border towns and refugees camps. The HRAC sensitises communities to their rights and the role of state actors in collaboration with traditional and opinion leaders.