Organizational Members / National Focal Points
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) 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.
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.
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.
The National Association of Women’s Organizations in Uganda (NAWOU), registered as A Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) in 1993, is an umbrella organisation of women founded and women led organisations. Its membership category are District networks, which are clusters of women’s Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) and NGOs, national NGOs, nationally registered FBOs and women’s professional bodies. NAWOU boasts of being the most grounded women’s organisation because of its members found in all parts of Uganda and as the oldest women’s organisation based on its foundation as the National Council for Women in the 1960s.
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.
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.
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. Pro-femmes Twese Hamwe promotes consultations and information exchange among member associations on the role of women in national development.
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 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. The Network of Ethiopian Women’s Associations (NEWA) aims for nothing less than gender equality and women’s empowerment in Ethiopia. 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.
The Collective of Associations and Women’s NGOs of Burundi, CAFOB in acronym, is a Non-profit Non-Governmental Organization, created in 1994 on the initiative of seven women’s associations and with the Canadian Center for Studies and International Cooperation (CECI) in highlight of the crisis that shook Burundi. It was registered at the Ministry of the Interior on January 20, 1997 under number 530/044. CAFOB is the oldest and largest collective of women’s associations and non-governmental organizations in Burundian civil society, which now has 72 functional associations. The CAFOB target group is made up of women’s associations as community organizations that bring together women for specific purposes and activities. And, through associations, the work of the Collective is primarily aimed at women members of associations, ultimately, Burundian women as a whole as final beneficiaries. CAFOB bases its activities on the fundamental human values that are: integrity, neutrality, solidarity, collaboration, skills and transparency.
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