Organizational Members

Organizational Members / National Focal Points for EASSI

Organizational Members are national networks/ national focal points/focus groups  with national mandate in countries of the Eastern and Horn of Africa working with EASSI. The Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women, EASSI works across eight countries through these organizational members. More at EASSI at A Glance


National Union of Eritrean Women – NUEW

National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) was established in 1979 as one of the mass organizations of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front. In its current form, the NUEW is an autonomous non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the status of Eritrean women. During Eritrea’s liberation struggle, NUEW succeeded in organizing and encouraging women’s participation in the war effort. Since independence in 1991, NUEW has continued to enhance the role of women by raising their political consciousness through literacy campaigns, credit programs, English language lessons, and other skills training. NUEW is administered by a headquarters office located in Asmara, as well as by regional offices located in all six zones. Membership numbers over 200,000 women. Sources of income include monthly membership fees, grants and projects, and fund-raising activities by members.

For more info, visit NUEW Website:


Women’s Development Association – IIDA

IIDA (Women’s Development Organization) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1991 in Mogadishu by a group of Somalia women leaders to promote women’s political, economic and social rights. With the dictatorial administration of Said Barre and the upsurge of violent conflict that preceded the fall of his regime, Somali women are to date, still deeply deprived of their basic human rights. IIDA was therefore formed to better the lives of women against the difficult situations they continue to find themselves in. At IIDA, we believe that people are the drivers of change and the custodians of their own destinies and work to mobilize the community and encourage the beneficiaries of our development programs to take ownership of the projects. It is these beliefs that inspire us to formulate women led programs that are geared towards making a lasting impression on the lives of Somalia women both at home and in the Diaspora.

For more info, visit IIDA Website:


Uganda Women’s Network – UWONET

Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) is an advocacy and lobbying network of national women’s NGO’s and individuals, operating in Uganda. It was born out of the East African Women’s Conference held in Kampala in 1993 in preparation for the UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995. Uganda Women’s Network membership is comprised of national Women’s organizations and individuals. UWONET is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with a Secretariat in Uganda. UWONET is committed to the transformation of the unequal gender relations in society and promoting networking among women and other development partners based on mutual trust and respect for one another. The Network is accountable to its members, partners, and stakeholders. It is also highly participatory in decision-making, operations and produces quality work.

For more info, visit UWONET Website:

National Association of Women’s Organization in Uganda – NAWOU

National Association of Women Organizations in Uganda (NAWOU) is an indigenous umbrella for women organizations formed in 1992 with the aim of bringing together the women right’s movement and efforts to promote women’s rights and improve their social and economic status. NAWOU is an affiliate of International Council of Women, has a consultative status with United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and collaborates with several networks; International NGOs and development partners.

For more info, visit NAWOU Website:


Tanzania Media Women’s Association – TAMWA

Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA) is a membership, non-governmental,  non-partisan and not-for-profit organization registered on 17th November 1987 under the Societies Ordinance Cap 337 of 1954 with registration number (SO 6763). In 2004, the association complied with the 2002 NGO Act of the United Republic of Tanzania. In 2007, TAMWA was also registered in Zanzibar as TAMWA Zanzibar under Society Act No. 6 of 1995. For 30 years since its start, TAMWA in collaboration with other like-minded organizations, has contributed variously to the perceived transformation of the Tanzanian society.

For more info, visit TAMWA Website:

Tanzania Gender Networking Group – TGNP

Tanzania Gender Networking Group (TGNP) is an NGO that focuses on the practical promotion and application of gender equality and equity objectives, through policy advocacy and mainstreaming of gender perspectives. The organization offers training and capacity building for people working in development agencies, government institutions and international organizations. The organization is also involved in information generation and dissemination. It has a resource center with a gender specialised library, feminist bookshop and database which has information and analysis on gender, democracy and development issues. TGNP has been pioneering a Gender Budget Initiative (GBI) in collaboration with other NGOs who compose the Feminist Activism Coalition (FemAct). GBI advocates for a more people-centred participatory development strategy with equitable and just allocation of resources. It also promotes the design and adoption of gender-sensitive pro-poor instruments for analysis.

For more info, visit TGNP Website:


Profemme Twese Hamwe

Pro–Femmes / Twese Hamwe envisions a peaceful and stable Rwandan society free from all forms of gender discrimination characterized by gender equality and equity in her development process. Pro-Femmes / Twese Hamwe Mission is to contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic status of women, promoting the culture of peace for sustainable development through coordination and capacity building of member associations.

For more info, visit Pro–Femmes / Twese Hamwe Website:


Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association – EWLA

Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) is a non-profit women’s advocacy group founded by Ethiopian women lawyers. It was legally registered in 1995 and began operation in 1996. EWLA is headquartered in Addis Ababa and has six branches in Bahir Dar, Assosa, Hawassa, Adama/Nazareth, Diredawa and Gambella. The branch/regional offices are supported by 53 trained voluntary committee members organized at woreda and zonal levels; these offices provide structures to reach women at grass root level in Ethiopia. EWLA’s vision is to see a country where women are equal to men and articulates its mission as promoting the economic, political, social and legal rights of women and assist them to secure full protection of their rights under the Constitution of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and other international human rights conventions.

Network of Ethiopian Women’s Association – NEWA

Network of Ethiopian Women’s Associations (NEWA) is a national network of Ethiopian societies who share the goal of advancing women’s rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment in Ethiopia. Network of Ethiopian Women’s Associations was originally established in 2003 as a national network of non-governmental organizations and women’s associations working for women’s advancement. By 2009, NEWA had reached a membership of 42 organizations and associations reaching into every region of the country. Following the promulgation of the new Charities and Societies law in 2009, NEWA reconstituted itself as an Ethiopian Societies Consortium whose members are all Ethiopian Societies – all committed and permitted under law to advocate for women’s rights. Today, NEWA has 8 member organizations and associations located in several regions of the country. NEWA and its members aim to sustain the transformational struggle for gender quality and women’s empowerment in Ethiopia over the long term, until their vision of an Ethiopian society where gender equality is realized becomes the normal context for women’s and men’s lives in Ethiopia.


Collectif des Associations et ONGs Feminines du Burundi – CAFOB

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Women’s Rights Awareness Programme – WRAP

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