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The Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI), is a feminist sub-regional Civil Society Organization (CSO) established in 1996 following the second Eastern African Post Beijing Forum held in Kampala, Uganda, as a civil-society led mechanism that would sustain the gains made during the Beijing process, by systematically monitoring the implementation of the Beijing Platform of Action (PFA) an outcome of the Fourth World conference on women held in Beijing in 1995, and other regional and global gender frameworks.

EASSI is registered in Uganda as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and its overall objective is to facilitate linkages, collaboration, networking and information sharing between the different actors and stakeholders in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the African and Beijing Platforms for Action within the Eastern African Sub-region and other regional, continental and global commitments.

Our Vision: 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.

Our Mission: 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.

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Our Values reflect the ethos of the organisation and its staff;
Gender equity and Justice: We realise that everyone should be treated equally irrespective of gender, age, sexual orientation, class, religion, disability and HIV Status.
Integrity: Requiring us to be honest, transparent, having progressive relationships with donors, being accountable at all levels.
Mutual Respect: Requiring us to recognise the worth of all persons and the value of diversity and non-discrimination and everyone.
Humility: We recognise that we are part of broader global movement against gender inequality and social injustice.
Courage of Conviction: Requiring us to be bold, innovative and courageous in our pursuit for gender equality, equity and observance of human rights.

EASSI is situated in the Greater Horn of East Africa (GHEA) working across nine member countries together with National Focal Points (networks of women’s organisations) in each of the countries (Burundi, Ethiopia, Eretria, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda). The focal points are also its member organizations and are committed to its vision, and mission. These include:

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EASSI’s programmatic framework is grounded in the 12 priority areas identified in the Beijing and the African Platforms for Action – Our programmes/thematic areas benefit all women, member organisations, youth, state agencies and regional bodies responsible for advancing the rights of women and promoting gender equality and equity. For more than 25 years, the critical areas and the African Charter on Human Rights continue to form the basis for EASSI’s work. Working in partnership with its members and development partners, EASSI remains committed to the enhancement of the participation and visibility of women in spaces where political, economic and social decisions affecting their lives and livelihood are taken and ensuring that the Beijing and African Platform of Action, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 are realised. EASSI is coordinating the Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) Coalition in Uganda and is one of the key contributors in developing the Uganda Cross Border Strategy (2017-2021).

EASSI is a member of international and global initiatives such as the International Action Network on Small Arms, (IANSA), NGO/United Nations Commission on the Status of Women/ Africa (NGO/CSW/Africa), Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action Monitoring Group (CGPMG), Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the East African Women in Business Platform (EAWiBP). It is also in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) which is a central forum for discussing international economic background and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations System.

Over the past two decades, EASSI has implemented a number of political and economic empowerment programmes using the Human Rights Framework and has developed capabilities of women across the region to gather, analyse, document and disseminate national, regional and international information on women’s rights and gender equality in order to inform and engage policy making processes nationally, regionally and globally.

EASSI’s strategic objectives are set around strengthening linkages, information sharing, advocacy, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the policy commitments at the national and regional levels. Our Specific Objectives include;

  • To inventorise, consolidate and facilitate existing and emerging initiatives for networking, research, documentation and advocacy on the critical areas of concern for women and recommended actions in the African and Beijing Platforms for Action;
  • To carry out needs assessment of existing capacity within organisations in order to determine capacity-building needs of tasks which include networking, research and documentation, resource mobilization and advocacy;
  • To contribute towards the conceptualization, articulation and mainstreaming of gender issues in the Eastern African Sub region;
  • To undertake lobby and advocacy for joint activities on gender related issues within the Eastern African Sub-region;
  • To provide a framework and establish linkages for monitoring commitments made in the Regional and Global Platforms for Action and ensuring accountability of Governments, Nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and donor agencies to women and men of the Eastern African Sub-region;
  • To forge supportive linkages between sub-regional, regional and international policy and lobbying processes;
  • To facilitate the effective participation of women and men, as well as mainstreaming of gender issues in the sub-regional integration processes such as the East Africa Community (EAC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

Other descriptions about EASSI

The Eastern African Sub Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI), is a sub-regional Civil Society Organization (CSO) established in 1996 to systematically follow up the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, an outcome of the Fourth World conference on women held in Beijing in 1995. EASSI is registered in Uganda as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and currently works in nine countries in Eastern and Horn of Africa namely Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. EASSI’s programmatic framework is grounded in the 12 priority areas identified in the Beijing and the African Platforms for Action. The organisation envisions a transformed society where all people enjoy gender equality, social justice, peace and development within Eastern Africa and beyond.

The Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) is a 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 was born in 1996 after the Beijing Conference with a mandate to monitor the implementation of the African and Beijing Platforms for Action in Eastern Africa and the Beijing and African Platforms for Action. Over the years, EASSI has taken on other regional and international instruments such as the Maputo Protocol, the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among others.

EASSI is situated in the Greater Horn of East Africa (GHEA) and therefore facilitates networking among women’s organizations and other civil society actors within the Eastern and Horn of Africa region, operating in Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somali, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. The organisation EASSI focuses on 12 Critical Areas of Concern to women agreed upon at the 4th UN Women’s Conference in Beijing China. EASSI is contributing towards the changing of the unfair power relations based on gender; to the equal exercise of rights for all people independently of gender or sexual identity; and to the changing of patriarchal structures. According to EASSI, gender equality means that women and men should have the same rights and opportunities to shape and influence their own lives and the communities in which they live. In order to achieve this, EASSI strives to change patriarchal structures and unjust power relationships based on gender. EASSI struggles to achieve this by focusing on women’s political and social participation, economic empowerment, the right to live a life free from violence, people’s right to make decisions, without coercion.

The Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) was formed in 1996 and registered on December 17, 1997 in Kampala, Uganda, as a civil society led mechanism that would monitor the implementation of the Beijing platform of Action and other regional and global gender protocols. EASSI facilitates networking among women’s organisations and other civil society actors within the Eastern and Horn of Africa region, operating in Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somali, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. EASSI’s main focus is to enhance gender equality and social justice through networking, research, capacity building and advocacy for women.

The Eastern African Sub Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI), is a sub-regional Civil Society Organization (CSO) established in 1996 to systematically follow up the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, an outcome of the Fourth World conference on women held in Beijing in 1995. EASSI is registered in Uganda as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and currently works in nine countries in Eastern and Horn of Africa namely Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. EASSI’s programmatic framework is grounded in the 12 priority areas identified in the Beijing and the African Platforms for Action. The organisation envisions a transformed society where all people enjoy gender equality, social justice, peace and development within Eastern Africa and beyond.

The Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) is a sub-regional, non-profit organisation that strengthens the capacity of women and civil society organisations in governance, leadership, economic empowerment, policy advocacy initiatives and peace and security. EASSI recognises the worth of all persons and the value of diversity and non-discrimination.