With support from Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa), EASSI together with partners in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, including: Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK), IIDA Women’s Development Organisation; Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA); Platform for Labor Action (PLA) in Uganda; FemmeForte Uganda; Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP); and Friends of Lake Turkana (FoLT) launched a regional campaign in Eastern Africa to provide an equal voice for women in decision-making in response to COVID-19 and the long-term impact planning in the post-COVID-19 recovery programs.
EASSI organised an e-conference on 8th and 9th of September 2020, to share the findings of the analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on selected economic sectors in the region. It included Agricultural Commodities (Food and horticulture) and Natural resources; Trade and Survival of Small and Medium Enterprises; Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) and Remittances from Diaspora; Travel and Hospitality Industry; Rising Unemployment; and Budgeting Implications, Financing and Taxation.The analysis also assessed the policy and practice measure put in place by the different Governments to support the revival of the sectors and whether the measures were sufficient to enable women recover their livelihoods and become more resilient in the face of similar catastrophes in the future.
The objectives of the e-conference were;
• To provide a platform for women affected directly by COVID-19 to share their lived
experiences and the implications therein on Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) activism, policy
• To reveal the existing inequalities against Women’s Economic Empowerment and advocate for
an enabling policy environment that recognises and supports women entrepreneurs, traders and
• To enhance public discourse on suitable policy and practice post COVID-19 recovery measures
that foster Women’s Economic Empowerment as well as resilience in the face of similar
catastrophes in the future.
A press statement on the Regional Call for the Opening of the East African Community Borders for the Small-Scale Traders and Support to Revitalise their Businesses was released on September 9th 2020.