Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informaçao e Açao (CEPIA)

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February 23, 2012

Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informaçao e Açao (CEPIA) is a non-governmental, nonprofit organization, dedicated to developing projects that promote human and citizenship rights, especially among groups historically excluded from exercising their full citizenship in Brazil. To achieve this goal, CEPIA has been conducting studies and educational and social intervention projects since 1990, and has been committed to sharing its findings.

Working from a gender perspective and within a human rights framework, CEPIA focuses on issues of health, sexual and reproductive rights, violence and access to justice, poverty and employment. CEPIA organizes seminars, meetings and conferences, dialoguing with feminists, social movements, members of the judiciary, lawyers, legislators, medical doctors, health professionals, labor unions, NGOs, opinion makers and civil servants responsible for public policies, so as to broaden the debate on issues related to its agenda. Advocacy is also a part of CEPIA's agenda through the elaboration, monitoring and evaluation of public policies, while maintaining an open dialogue with different social groups and civic organizations.

 

Programs

The programs of CEPIA are developed through different activities such as: courses, research, events, advocacy, and publications, among others.

Human Rights, Access to Justice, and Violence against Women

CEPIA assesses public policies with the intention of proposing, monitoring and evaluating the executive, legislative and judiciary power's implementation of the women's movement’s demands and the international commitments assumed by Brazil.

CEPIA develops educational activities for diverse social, governmental and non-governmental sectors with the objectives of empowering women in their struggle against discrimination and gender violence, raising awareness of the international and national tools for the protection of human rights, and sensitizing public powers to the need of implementing social policies.

Applying a gender perspective and within a human rights framework CEPIA develops activities and courses intended to train and develop the skills of public safety and justice officials, concentrating the debate on issues of democracy, citizenship, access to justice, and sexual and domestic violence.

CEPIA is part of national and international networks, and collaborates with other NGOs and governmental entities to promote women's citizenship rights and define strategies for the struggle against discrimination and gender violence.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

CEPIA conducts studies with the intention of proposing, monitoring and evaluating public policies having as framework the demands from women's movements and international commitments assumed by Brazil.

CEPIA organizes undergraduate courses for medical students of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) introducing ethical, human rights, citizenship, gender and power issues to the health debate.

CEPIA develops education activities through TV and radio spots about sexual and reproductive rights, focusing on the issue of HIV/AIDS prevention among women. CEPIA works with health services, medical associations, and national and international networks that develop strategies to guarantee reproductive and sexual rights.

CEPIA also develops programs to build capacity and sensitize health professionals on issues related to human rights, gender, violence and citizenship rights. These projects are developed in partnership with the Health Department of Rio de Janeiro

CEPIA is part of national and international networks of reproductive health advocates.

Civil Society Forum of the Americas

In 1997, CEPIA and the Center for Health & Social Policy, a North American NGO with expertise in the fields of health and social justice, with 26 NGOs leaders from 13 American countries founded the Civil Society Forum of the Americas with the aim of promoting social justice, solidarity and equity. The Forum assembles NGOs in the region with diverse agendas and attempts to develop joint strategies to face common problems. The mission of the Forum (whose secretariat was with CEPIA until 2000) is to promote social justice, solidarity, and equity, through the participation of NGOs in the public policies of the region.

Conferences, Seminars and Meetings

CEPIA organizes seminars, meetings and conferences, dialoguing with feminists, social movements, members of the judiciary, lawyers, legislators, medical doctors, health professionals, labor unions, NGOs, opinion makers and civil servants responsible for public policies, to broaden the debate on issues related to its agenda.

CEPIA’s staff actively participate in national and international meetings, monitoring and contributing to the debate on health, gender, human rights, justice and equity and are part of the Board of various national and international organizations.

Women's Human Rights

This program focuses on dissemination of knowledge to strengthen the capacity of individuals and organizations to better defend the human rights of women. This program aims to address the urgent need to have up-to-date and high quality instruments to face the setbacks that threaten women’s human rights, and above all, to respond in innovative ways to the challenges that impede the expansion of these rights, and to diminish the distance between laws and social practices.

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