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The Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) is a feminist sub-regional Civil Society Organisation made up of committed individuals, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), coalitions and networks driven to transform gender relations globally and especially in the Eastern Africa sub-region. EASSI is registered in Uganda as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). We are strengthening the capacity of women, youth and civil society organisations in governance, leadership, economic empowerment, policy advocacy and conflict resolution.

We work in nine countries within the East and Horn of Africa namely; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan.


To enhance gender equality and social justice through networking, research, capacity building and advocacy for women. EASSI is committed to the promotion of partnerships and collective action among national and regional key actors working towards the realization of the goals of Global and African Platforms for Action.


A transforming society where women and men realize their full potential through the enhancement of gender equality, advancement of women, and social justice within Eastern Africa and beyond.


The outbreak of COVID-19 propelled EASSI to embark on conducting research for evidence-based advocacy around the impact of COVID-19 on women, men, youth and the East African Community.

Target sectors included; Tourism, Taxation, Unemployment, Trade, Agriculture and Foreign Direct Investments. Target audiences were; women and men  in general, and those in Informal Cross Border Trade, in all efforts to address the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on their citizens.

We hope that also practitioners and development partners targeting women traders can use the information contained in our publications to further engage with the women cross border traders and the youth.

Our different publications include reports, factsheets, policy briefs and so much more. To read more, click button below.

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