EASSI in partnership with her National Focal Point Organizations in Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya selected champions at national and community level to spearhead the campaign for an East African Community (EAC) Gender Equality and Development bill. The Focal Points include the National Association of Women’s Organisation in Uganda (NAWOU), Women’s Rights Awareness Programme (WRAP)- Kenya, Tanzania Gender Networking Programme (TGNP), Profemme Twese Hamwe- Rwanda and Collectif des Associations et ONGs Feminines du Burundi (CAFOB).
Each country selected a total of 15 champions with 5 being at National level and 10 at community level. A simplified training guide focusing on understanding gender equality, advocacy in the EAC and the provisions of the EAC gender bill was developed and translated into the commonly spoken languages of Kirundi, Kiswahili and Kinyarwanda.
The two days’ trainings took place between 18th July and 10th August i.e. (Burundi- 18th and 19th July, Tanzania- 25th and 26th July, Rwanda-2nd and 3rd August and Kenya-9th and 10th August). Continue reading