Director's Welcome Message

Professor Akua Opokua Britwum

The Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation  is an  initiative of the University of Cape Coast. The setting up of CEGRAD was in response to internal and external commitments, which included the Key thrust 2 of the University’s Strategic Plan, which aims at creating a conducive working environment, which recognizes equal opportunities for Faculties, Staff, and Students. The Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy, and Documentation (CEGRAD) on UCC campus began operation on 1 August 2013.

CEGRAD has two distinct but related tasks:

To support and deepen research and  engage in  outreach and advocacy , in the area of gender across the University of Cape Coast  and beyond. We hope to become  a gender centre with nationwide acclaim.

CEGRAD's mandate includes:

  • Operating as a research, advocacy and documentation focal point on Gender and Women Studies,
  • Ensuring adherence to gender sensitivity in the university wide policy and programmes,
  • Supporting faculties, schools and institutes to engender their taught programmes and teaching approaches,
  • Offering a framework for monitoring adherence to gender sensitivity in policy-making and for feedback on effort at promoting gender equality at UCC , 
  • Facilitating the protection of women’s rights and the promotion of gender equity at UCC and beyond
  • Coordinating relations within and beyond UCC for the promotion of gender interests

Main Activities

The main activities of CEGRAD revolve around Research, Advocacy, and Documentation.

In line with its mandate, CEGRAD offers the following services:

  • Gender analysis training to support gender aware research, programme design, implementation and evaluation;
  • Sexual harassment training to provide deeper understanding of gender politics of sexual harassment in the academy;
  • Engendering curriculum to foster a dedicated attention to gender relations in content and pedagogy of various disciplines within the university environment
  • Gender budgeting, to ensure that dedication to gender mainstreaming has the necessary resource allocation to facilitate planning, implementation and monitoring.