Eastern African Subregional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI)

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The Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI), IANSA member in Uganda, is holding a workshop the Kapchorwa District in Eastern Uganda with the district task force of the National Focal Point on Small Arms. The objective is to create awareness about gender dimensions on small arms and the ATT, and to educate the participants on Uganda’s gun legislations and gun policies.  Marren Akatsa-Bukachi, Executive Director of EASSI also wrote an article the need to include ammunition in the ATT that was published in the daily newspaper the New Visio

In Burundi, the Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) is conducting a  training on gender and small arms for representatives of the DRC, Central African Republic and Burundi, all Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) Member States. The expert trainers were trained by IANSA Women at EASSI and come from the Burundi National Focal point on SALW. The objective of the training is to sensitise participants about the gender dimensions of small arms and light weapons.

IANSA women at EASSI in Uganda are holding their third training on the gender dimension of small arms with funding from the European Union through the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA). EASSI is a lead regional civil society organisation advocating gender mainstreaming in small arms control.

IANSA women, the Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI), have released the latest edition of their publication Women’s Lexis.

On 7 September, National Focal Points and civil society representatives from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda completed a month-long training of trainers on gender and small arms in Kampala, Uganda.

In this 10th anniversary year of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and to mark the beginning of the African Women’s Decade, IANSA Women in East Africa called for stronger support and commitment from their governments.