Member countries of the East African Community (EAC) should intensify sharing experiences to collectively solve cross-cutting issues related to gender equality and uproot Gender Based Violence.
The call was made yesterday by the Chief Gender Monitor, Oda Gasinzigwa, while addressing a section of members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) who had paid a courtesy call on the Gender Monitoring Office (GMO).
The visit was meant to facilitate the legislators to learn about the operations and accomplishments of the institution.
According to Kenya’s Gervase Akhaabi, who headed the EALA team, some of their members were dispatched to other EAC member countries to assess their policies related to good governance and ensuring the rule of law.
“Our governments can accelerate the implementation of gender best practices with increased synergy, through harmonised policies on issues related to gender mainstreaming,” Gasinzigwa said.
She gave an overview of GMO’s success story, especially on raising awareness and monitoring how gender equality is executed in public service, private entities, and in the population.
“We are happy with Rwanda; they have put in place laws facilitating gender equality and there are organs to monitor implementation, which reflects good governance. Other member states will learn from this experience, as they also share theirs,” Akhaabi said.
Valérie Nyirahabineza, also part of the delegation, promised to play an advocacy role to set up a GMO at the EAC level.