EASSI in partnership with DIAKONIA is implementing a 5 year project; Promoting Women’s Economic Justice in the East African community. The philosophy behind this project is that achieving women’s economic justice in the EAC is possible if stakeholders enhance the credibility of their advocacy with evidence on gaps that are periodically assessed and documented. This will also be possible if a deliberate effort is made to invest in strengthening the capacity of civil society to engage, influence and demand for the implementation, review, and formulation of gender responsive trade policies, laws and regulations at national and regional level. The overall goal of this project is to contribute to women's economic justice in the East African Community. The project focuses at achieving 2 broad areas: EAC and partner states enact and implement the EAC Gender Bill by 2020; and EAC and Partner states implement the EAC Elimination of Non –Tariff Barriers Act (2015) in a gender responsive manner by 2020. Under this project, EASSI made the following achievements.
Under this area, a gender analysis of the EAC Elimination of Non –Tariff Barriers Act (2015) was done, which revealed that the act was gender blind. A campaign to ensure that EAC and Partner states implement the EAC Elimination of Non –Tariff Barriers Act (2015) in a gender responsive manner by 2020 commenced in 2016. To gather evidence on gaps in the implementation of this act by EAC partner states, EASSI then embarked on writing a shadow report which findings are generated through the Citizens Score card. Through the Score card, traders, brokers, producers, transporters and clearing agents are asked about the implementation of the act aimed at highlighting the gender gaps. Findings from the Citizens Score card will then inform policy process and implementation of the act in a gender responsive manner. This is expected to bring about a condusive environment for women traders in the EAC thereby increasing their volume of trade.