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Gender Research

To operate as a research and documentation centre, CEGRAD undertakes researches in the area of Gender (in the domains of both masculinities and femininities or women’s studies, and sexualities). It further organizes gender analysis training workshops for staff and students of the university of Cape Coast. These workshops are organised with the goal of equipping the university community (Graduate students and academic staff) with research skills to undertake gender related research. Another key feature of the Centre is the flagship Gender Research Series which brings together faculty and graduate students during the semester to share gender related research findings and also discuss the methodologies and rudiments of gender and feminist research projects

The research activities of CEGRAD include the following:

  • Facilitate and monitor the institutionalization and accountability of key actors at
  • UCC for women’s rights and gender equality initiatives
  • Conduct periodic gender audit of university programmes and activities
  • Generate and disseminate information on gender dynamics at UCC to key stake holders
  • Conduct research in the fields of women’s rights and gender equality using integrated approaches
  • Publish periodicals, books, newsletters and reports
  • Set up a store of documents in hard and soft form on gender and women studies

Research Activities Undertaken by the Centre

These can be grouped into three core pillars;  Research Trainings, Research Dissemination and Field Research focusing on Gender and Sexuality, Livelihoods, Gender and Education.

  • Gender issues and feminist Research Methodologies (2019)
  • Dissemination of research findings- Gold between my Thighs, Examination Of child prostitution in a Ghanaian metropolis (2018)
  • International PhD Summer School trainings (2016- 2018)
  • Gaining an understanding of Gender Based Violence in Ghana (2017)
  • Women’s Empowerment for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods: Voices from Selected Communities in Ghana (2017) funded by the International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD) and the Directorate for Research, Innovation and Consultancy (DRIC), University of Cape Coast
  • Gender Equality and Women’s Rights in Rural Livelihoods: Evidence from Selected Asian and African Countries (2016) funded by the International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)
  • Collaborative research on Gender Orders and Higher Education in the University of Cape Coast’s College of Distance Education (2016) funded by College of Distance Education, University of Cape Coast
  • Rural Urban Linkages: Precarious Urban Work and Precarious Rural Livelihood connections in South Africa and Ghana (2016), funded by the International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)
  • Men, Gender Equality and Parental Leave Systems (2015) funded by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • Gender Equality and women’s rights in rural livelihoods in Ghana and Pakistan (2015), funded by the International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)
  • Organizing Non-Standard Workers in Ghana, South Africa and India: Oil Palm Plantation (2014) workers funded by the International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)
  • Organizing Non-Standard Workers in Ghana, South Africa and India: Domestic Workers (2014), funded by the International Centre for Development and Decent Work (ICDD)
  • Gender Analysis training workshop
    • Academic staff and Graduate students of the University of Cape Coast (2014)
    • Field Assistants towards the research on Gender Orders and Higher Education in the University of Cape Coast’s College of Distance Education (2016)

Research Based Consultancy

  • Evaluation of Gender Aspects of Agricultural Intensification Practices in Northern Ghana, Undertaken for Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (RISING) of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (2016)