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GIZ EAC joins the World in Celebrating the International Women’s Day 2019

March 8 is celebrated as the International Women’s Day every year and the theme for this year is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for a change” and the campaign motto is “Balance for Better.”

German Development Cooperation (GIZ) supports the EAC to promote gender equality in all its policies and interventions to advance inclusive regional integration process.

To celebrate this year’s event the GIZ-EAC programme, together with the East African Community, convened a half-day event at the EAC Building, Arusha, Tanzania. The event featured a moderated interactive session with specific discussion on cross border mobile platform for maternal health in Burundi and Rwanda, new frontier for promoting tourism for women in the region, African women at the forefront of sustainable water, food and energy nexus, women in the forex trade business and financial facilities for women economic empowerment in the region.

The event also had a mini-expo on innovation that showcased solar technology, colored gemstones making, coffee innovative processing, beads making and handmade products. Women participating in the EAC Women’s Day event were given the opportunity to go for a breast cancer checkup, and there was also an opportunity for them to open their own bank account.

During the celebration, Dr. Kirsten Focken, Cluster Coordinator, GIZ-EAC emphasized that to contribute to the achievement of gender equality, maintaining women’s health, increasing access to finance for women, protecting women’s rights and supporting education for women and girls are fundamental pillars. All these together enable women to undergo a change of mind, do something innovative and smart.

The event called upon the policy makers to investigate where laws and regulatory environments facilitate or hinder gender equality, women’s economic participation, and develop specific innovative approaches and interventions to remove the barriers to promote women’s equality and equity in the region.