By Nuliat Nambaziira
On October 27th 2017, EASSI Team comprising of the Chairperson Board of Directors Dr. Christine Mbonyingingo, Acting ED Christine Nankubuge and Programme Officer Communications and Networking Nuliat Nambaziira met with the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development Hon. Jannat Mukwaya at her offices in Kampala.
The MGLSD team comprised of the Director Gender and Community Development Ms Jane Ssanyu Mpagi and the Commissioner for Gender. Later the team met with the Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana.
The Acting Executive Director thanked the Minister, Director and Commissioner for the continuous support to EASSI and appreciated the good working relationship. She underscored the importance of having a good relationship with our mother Ministry- Gender.
The Chairperson EASSI Board of Directors Doctor Christine Mbonyingingo asked the minister to help push for endorsement of the EAC Gender Equality and Development Act by the EAC Partner states. The EAC Gender Equality and Development Act was passed by the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in March 2017 after 9 years of advocacy.
The Bill seeks to advance gender equality and equity, set standards in social, economic and cultural spheres across the East African Community. It also consolidates all international, regional and National gender and women’s rights instruments in East Africa and its Partner States. The Bill now awaits assent by the Heads of State.
The Minister tasked the Director Gender and Community affairs Ms. Jane Mpagi to write to the Ministry of East Africa Affairs (MEACA) asking them to put the bill on the agenda of the upcoming Heads of State meeting due in November in Arusha. She asked the secretary to also ensure that EASSI gets a slot to attend the meeting and make a small presentation about the Bill. The letter should be copied to the Attorney General and the Foreign Affairs Minister. She promised that discussing the bill at the meeting is possible since Uganda is chairing thus we should take advantage of the opportunity.
Doctor Christine thanked the Minister (represented by the Director Gender) for having launched the EAC Gender Barometer in May this year. She asked the Ministry to work closely with EASSI in domesticating the Barometer report. The Minister appreciated the report and its importance stating that, that is the reason she sent Jane to represent her because of her busy schedule.
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