In July 1996, a year after the 4th World Conference on Women which produced the Beijing Declaration and Platforms for Action, Women activists in Eastern Africa and the Horn came together to form the Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI). EASSI’s mandate was to monitor government implementation of the African and Beijing Platforms for Action and the Critical Areas of Concern for Women. EASSI is registered in Uganda and works in the eight countries where the founders originated from, namely, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. It works with 16 women’s network organizations in the eight countries and 10 individual members who subscribe to its mission and vision.
Since its formation EASSI’s niche has been in monitoring the African and Beijing Platforms for Action as well as advocating for women’s rights in Eastern Africa using human rights instruments such as CEDAW, Maputo Protocol, UNSCR 1325 and lately the 2030 Agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Who we are
The Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) is a sub-regional civil society organisation made up of committed individuals, NGOs, coalitions and networks driven to transform gender relations globally and especially in the Eastern Africa sub-region. The organisation works in eight countries namely Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania
EASSI works across eight countries with National Focal Points which are also its member organizations and committed to its vision, and mission. These include: Collectif des Associations et ONGs Feminines du Burundi (CAFOB) and Reseau Femme et Paix in Burundi; National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) in Eritrea; The Caucus for Women’s Leadership (CWL) and the Women's Rights Awareness Programme (WRAP) in Kenya; Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) and Network of Ethiopian Women's Association (NEWA) in Ethiopia; Profemme Twese Hamwe in Rwanda; Women’s Development Association (IIDA) in Somalia; Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP) and Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA) in Tanzania; Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) and National Association of Women’s Organizations in Uganda (NAWOU) in Uganda.
Our Vision: A society where all enjoy gender equality, access to justice and peaceful coexistence.
Our Mission: To contribute to the attainment of the Beijing and African Platforms for Action through policy engagement and demonstration of best practices for the advancement of women.
Our Goal: To catalyse national, regional and international processes on critical areas of concern in order to make concrete and meaningful changes for women.
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