Emerging Regional and International Paradigms; EASSI has positioned itself to contribute to the gender priorities in Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), The International Conference on Population and Development Program Action (ICPD) beyond 2014; and Agenda 2063 of the African Union among others.
On 25 September 2015, during the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, United Nations Member States universally agreed to adopt Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Agenda 2030 commits all countries and stakeholders to work together to achieve sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development and environmental protection. The new global agenda sets a new standard for development thinking and practice, for governments, the UN Development System, development partners, civil society and the private sector. EASSI and other development stakeholders working on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) believe that SDGs provide an opportunity to advance the goals while leveraging on a stand-alone Goal on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, which incorporates gender-related targets across ten (10) of the seventeen (17) SDGs. Together with the Beijing Platform for Action, the SDGs provide a solid framework for EASSI’s strategic development interventions.
Since 2016 EASSI has been involved in a number of consultative meetings with various actors, including the East Africa Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Southern Africa Development Community(SADC) in East and Southern Africa, the African Union Commission (AUC) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The consultations have enriched EASSI’s programmatic planning and strategic priorities in order to re-evaluate the progress being made on the localization and implementation of GEWE related SDGs so as to create opportunities for synergy, collaboration and the re-energizing the efforts by government and the RECs in building more cohesive partnerships that will accelerate progress towards the realization of gender specific SDGs with specific joint research interventions.
Among the regional priorities from the consultations is strengthening coordination between the African Union Commission and the Regional Intergovernmental and Inter-Parliamentary Bodies with key stakeholders such as the United Nations Development System, and in particular the United Nations Economic Commission, UN Women and the UNDP. The other priority areas agreed upon include: