Problems of gender inequality in East Africa are manifest in the social spheres, at the domestic level, and in public institutions. Women are affected by gender based violence and within decision making spaces the numbers of women are very low. In 2017 a Gender Bill was passed.
How we are helping
Working with EASSI to develop capacity, support learning, project design and engagement with decision-makers to track East African governments' progress to implement the 2017 EAC Gender Equality and Development Act.
About the project
In 2017, the EAC Gender Equality and Development Act was passed by the East Africa Legislative Assembly. Despite this, there is a need for a harmonised framework for action, to track success, and to make cross-national comparisons across the region.
The Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) is monitoring the implementation of the Gender Bill at both the regional and national level to gauge progress toward gender equality.
EASSI is a civil society network working through National Focal Point member organisations in eight countries of the region: Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. Its Secretariat is based in Uganda.
In addition to supporting EASSI’s advocacy on the Gender Bill, the project also includes the development of a gender barometer which will provide an annual report that assesses progress of government’s actions, such as formulating policies that remove gender based discrimination, guaranteeing women’s rights, and providing the necessary services for the realisation of these commitments. These actions require financial resources, institutional mechanisms and accountability frameworks that should be integrated in national plans and budgets.
Citizens views on government performance are a fundamental component of the barometer that integrates the use of a ‘Citizen Score Card’. The barometer offers evidence based information for holding governments accountable to their gender commitments.
Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) is a civil society organization working towards realization of gender equality within Eastern and Horn of Africa.
The goal is to catalyze national, regional and international processes on critical areas of concern in order to make concrete and meaningful changes for women. EASSI works in eight countries within the East and Horn of Africa namely; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.
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