Center for Advancement of Development Rights (CEADER)

Center for Advancement of Development Rights (CEADER) is a Nigeria-based non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that seeks to increase women’s and girls’ capacity to overcome poverty and strengthen their participation in leadership and development activities in their communities. CEADER’s vision is for women to be equipped and positioned for gender justice.

CEADER works with women and girls and within slum communities to provide human rights education and thematic trainings, and utilizes advocacy and campaign activities as a tool for holding relevant agencies accountable to fulfilling their obligations to women and girls. CEADER’s work is largely based on the provisions of relevant international and local human rights laws, especially, the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR); and the Child Rights Convention (CRC).


CEADER’s programs include:

  • Women's Rights and Advocacy Program – CEADER's advocacy and campaign activities to senstize stakeholders on women's human rights are carried out under this program. The program seeks to promote and protect poor women's and girls’ human rights, in particular their social and economic rights. CEADER works with various stakeholders to identify and tackle challenges to the enforcement of women’s human rights in local communities. It ensures that women’s rights are integrated into projects implemented in local communities by the government and international agencies. The program seeks to support women whose rights are denied and strengthen women’s capacity to demand their rights.
  • The Right to Health Program – This program seeks to promote women's and girls' right to health and healthy living in line with relevant international and local laws that stipulate these rights for all, irrespective of social class and gender. CEADER works with relevant stakeholders to highlight women’s health challenges in local communities and proffer solutions to identified challenges. The program also organizes activities to sensitize women in local communities on their right to health and access to primary health facilities. Trainings, advocacy and campaign activities are periodically carried out by CEADER to increase local and international interventions to the health challenges of women and girls in local communities.
  • Economic Empowerment Program – The Economic Empowerment program works to establish women's and girls' economic self-dependence via skills acquisition trainings. CEADER routinely carries out advocacy activities to seek the inclusion of women and girls in government and international agencies’ poverty reduction programs. This program provides the platform for women and girls in local communities to access opportunities that enhance their living standard, and strengthens their capacity to effectively participate in development activities in their communities.
  • Women in Leadership and Community Development Program – This program works to increase and strengthen women’s ability to participate in leadership and development activities carried out in local communities through strategic leadership, gender and development trainings. The program also collaborates with other groups within and outside Nigeria to deliver successful and proven approaches to an inclusive and non discriminatory system of leadership and community development.
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