WHO ANSWERS TO WOMEN (WAW) IN THE EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY? ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISMS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
WAW Project (EAC Gender Barometer) was implemented by EASSI with support from the Swedish International Development Agency, SIDA in partnership with her National Focal points in the five member countries. The EAC Gender Equality and Development Barometer is a participatory measurement tool that supports and tracks the implementation gender responsiveness by member states. In 2007, EASSI published the pilot GED Barometer as a starting point. The EAC GED Barometer is used for evidence based advocacy to ensure implementation of the key gender commitments in the EAC Gender Equality and Development Act.
The EAC Gender Barometer is a participatory people centered well researched report from the 5 partner states of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi that contains information and statistical data from the different areas that need to be gender balanced. These areas include Legal and State Obligations to Protect Human Rights, Gender Based Violence, the Media, Education, health, Power and decision making, Economic Empowerment, Agriculture and food security, Land rights, Trade, Peace and security, Environmental Management, Extracting Industries, Marginalized groups, Financial Provisions, and Institutional Arrangements.
The Barometer serves as a participatory measurement tool to support substantive implementation and hence gender responsive governance. It sets in motion a process by which the EAC will periodically monitor measure and document the progress of gender equality in key result areas and thereby facilitate a regional conversation on strategies for enhancement of substantive gender equality and sustainable development. It is a tool for meaningful comparison to be made for different policy areas across partner states.
The measurement helps to assess how the EAC governments are utilizing their mandate to promote gender equality and equitable development processes. The survey for this pilot GED barometer was conducted at the time when the EAC GED was still a bill. The EAC GED Bill has since been passed into law. The campaign which started in 2008, with the tabling of the bill as private members Bill, specifically championed by Hon. Nancy Abisai, bore fruit 10 years later when on March 8 2017, the East African Legislative Assembly, EALA passed the bill into the EAC Gender ACT. The Act now awaits assent by the EAC Heads of State. Read the Pilot EAC Gender Barometer