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WOMEN ACTIVISTS CALL HEADS OF STATE FOR THE EAC TO QUICKLY ASSENT TO THE GENDER BILL

By Alice Lubwama

Women activists under East African Sub Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) are calling heads of state from the East African community to quickly assent to the East African community gender equality and development which will advance gender equality across the 5 EAC partner states in the economic, political, social and cultural spheres.

Addressing the media in Kampala, the women led by Dr. Christine Mbonyingingo, the chairperson board of directors for the East African Sub Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) said that   despite the ratification of various regional and international instruments on gender equality, such laws have not been implemented.

Dr Mbonyingo says that once the bill is assented to by all heads of states they will obliged to collectively promote participation of women and men in regional trade and sustainable economic growth.

The bill was passed by the lawmakers of the East African legislative assembly on women’s day this week as gift for the women of east Africa, during their last sitting in Kigali Rwanda.

The heads of partner states are expected to assent to this bill next month during their summit.

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