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.
EASSI was formed in 1996 following the Eastern African Post Beijing Forum held in Kampala, Uganda. EASSI was formed as a civil society led mechanism that would sustain the gains made during the Beijing process. This is achieved by monitoring the implementation of the Beijing Platform of Action (PFA) and other regional and global gender frameworks.
Of the 12 critical areas of Concern in the Global Platform for Action, EASSI has prioritised six areas as the regional priorities. These are Education and Training of Women; Women and Health; Human Rights of Women; Women and Poverty; Women and the Economy; and Women in Power and Decision Making. EASSI programmes benefit all women, member organisations, youth, state agencies and regional bodies responsible for advancing the rights of women and promoting gender equality and equity.
EASSI is situated in the Greater Horn of East Africa (GHEA), working across nine countries through member organizations namely; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia.
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.
Our Values reflect the ethos of the organisation and its staff.
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.
Our Specific Objectives include,