WHO ANSWERS TO WOMEN IN THE EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY? ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISMS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (WAW PROJECT)
In 2008, EASSI received support from SIDA to spearhead a Campaign for an East African Declaration on Gender Equality (EADGE), which was renewed in 2010. This was inspired by a similar campaign that resulted into the SADC Gender barometer. The EADGE later changed to a Gender Bill, which has been tabled in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) as a Private Members Bill.
In 2012, EASSI conducted a gender analysis of the EAC Roadmap as a way of highlighting the implementation deficit on gender commitments of the EAC Treaty. This was followed by an attempt at an EAC Gender Barometer in 2013 entitled Status Report on the East African Community-A Gender Barometer. The status report informed a scorecard on selected areas of women’s rights in the EAC. In being proactive, EASSI and her partners developed a monitoring and evaluation framework specifically targeting the EAC Treaty and the Gender Commitments by Partner States. The themes were drawn from the draft Gender bill.
With support from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) EASSI intends to build and consolidate earlier achievements attained during the EADGE campaign, its works on the M&E framework, and its contribution contained in the Status report on the East Africa Community Partner States for a Gender Barometer (EASSI 2013) among other studies by implementing this project. By utilizing structures from the grassroots to national and regional levels, EASSI intends to re-strategize and broaden its advocacy efforts and increase synergies with strategic links.
As a key advocacy tool, EASSI will produce an East African Community Gender Barometer report on an annual basis similar to the SADC Gender Barometer. The EAC Gender Barometer will provide a synthesized measure of gender equality that is both easy to understand and to communicate. The tool will also play an important role by supporting decision-makers in assessing how far a given Partner State is reaching gender equality. The use of the Gender Barometer will allow meaningful comparisons to be made between different policy areas and across partner states. The Barometer will also give visibility to gender equality by making it possible to measure its progress over time.