The Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) was formed in 1996 as a sub-regional, non-profit organisation that strengthens the capacity of women and civil society organisations in governance, leadership, economic empowerment, policy advocacy initiatives and peace and security. EASSI recognises the worth of all persons and the value of diversity and non-discrimination. EASSI works in nine countries namely; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia through its member organisations.
Eritrea did not ratify the Maputo Protocol, but signed it on April, 2012. The Government of Eritrea has given the National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) the mandate to act as the women’s machinery in the country. Article 635, which bluntly glorifies the marital power of the husband, was automatically repealed and was replaced by Article 45 of family law which recognizes the equal rights and status of both sexes and keeps the interest of the children and the mother. In the five years leading to the November 2013 Universal Periodic Review report, 207,416 femalegenital mutilation/ cutting (FGM/C) related disputes
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Status of women’s and girls’ rights in South Sudan Women and girls in South Sudan face extreme challenges with limited rights to protection, participation and inclusion. As such, South Sudan
This 28 September 2023 marks the global day of action for access to safe and legal abortion. We, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa (SRRWA) of