EACSOF thematic Areas shall mainstream gender equity and equality.
EACSOF in collaboration with its member EASSI engaged EALA in campaign for an East African Community Protocol on Gender Equality initiated in 2008, with the aim of contributing to gender equality, equity and sustainable development in the East African Community (EAC).
Currently, EACSOF in collaboration with EASSI seeks to incorporate Right to a Nationality in the EAC Protocol on Gender Equality and Development Bill 2015.
Drafting of the Bill began in 2008, it started as a declaration campaign, then took on the form of a protocol and later a bill. Its purpose is to consolidate and harmonise the gender equality movement. The draft Bill will be tabled to the East African Legislative Assembly.The bill however has a gap with regard to the issue of Gender and Nationality in as it is silent on matters of nationality.
Components of the Bill as follows:
The Right to life of every woman and man: prohibiting sexual and gender based violence, harmful practices such as FGM. For example in Uganda FGM is illegal. In some countries such as Kenya, it is not illegal so people cross over to Practice it. It is important to ensure the harmonization of laws;
Women and Media: Partner states should ensure that the media does not stereotype when reporting especially with regards to women. The media should also ensure reporting takes place in a gender sensitive manner;
Right to Education: The Bill hopes to make primary and secondary education compulsory and free and also making higher education accessible;
Health: Developing policies and programs on health issues. Work towards reducing child and maternal mortality rates;
Power and decision making: Right to equal spaces to public service and governance.
Economic Empowerment: Partner states are called to promote right to employment, adequate standard of living and security;
Agriculture and Food Security: Agriculture is the backbone of the EAC, women are leading this industry yet women are the face of poverty;
Land Rights: Partner states should ensure access to the use of land is governed by National Laws and policies that are aligned to international and regional standards;
Trade: The Bill seeks to promote Regional trade and support national and regional trade associations with women in trade;
Peace and Security: Promotion of peace, security and stability in the community;
Environmental Management: Struggling with climate change. Example, prices of products, famine in regions. Member states to enact laws and policies to reverse the negative effects of climate change;
Marginalised groups: This section can be enriched and issue of nationality can be raised under this section;
Financial Provisions: Partner states should empower women and girls to live under their full potential.