OVERVIEW

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OVERVIEW

The Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation (CEGRAD) on UCC campus began operation on 1 August 2013. Since its establishment, CEGRAD in line with its vision/mission and mandate has undertaken several activities to secure and protect the rights of women and the University community.

MANDATE
• Operate as a research, advocacy and documentation focal point on Gender and women’s studies
• Ensure adherence to gender sensitivity in university-wide policies and programmes
• Support faculties, schools and institutes to engender their teaching and research programmes
• Offer a framework for monitoring adherence to gender sensitivity in policy-making
• Facilitate the protection of women’s rights and the protection of gender equality at UCC and beyond
• Foster collaboration between UCC, other universities and organisations

CORE ACTIVITIES
The core activities of CEGRAD revolves around research, outreach and advocacy.

Research

Gender analysis/Gender research training workshops
Gender analysis and or research training workshops are organised with the goal of equipping the university community (Graduate students and academic staff) with research skills to undertake gender related research. An examination of the University of Cape Coast’s (UCC) Vice-Chancellor’s annual reports from 2011 to 2013 indicated an impressive number of academic staff engaged in research, publication and other academic activities such as conferences and seminars on gender or women’s studies. A fair number had also devoted some attention to men and male related studies. A deeper interrogation however showed the need to equip these researchers with feminist epistemologies and ensuing gender analytical tools and methodologies that assist in unpacking social gender relations that underlie female and male encounters in society and studies of such nature.

Advocacy

Sexual harassment training:
A core feature of CEGRADs mandate is to educate the university community and the sexual harassment community on sexual harassment. Sexual harassment training workshops undertaken have as a result targeted students and other key stakeholders in the line of receiving and addressing sexual harassment occurrence on campus; the sexual harassment committee, hall tutors/wardens, hall counsellors and the counselling unit. Students training take place in two forms, during orientation of fresh students and specific programmes organised on sexual harassment awareness.
The centre also organises annual international women’s day programmes where various issues of concern to women are addressed.

Outreach
CEGRAD offers training programmes for departments within and outside of the university of Cape Coast. These collaborations have been on health awareness, sexual harassment training, assistance to other sister universities on how to set up gender centres, developing gender sensitive curriculum, engendering existing curriculum and gender budgeting

International collaboration
CEGRAD welcomes international collaboration for research and activities around its core mandate and activities. International collaboration programmes undertaken so far have been in the area of research and advocacy.