CESCRA was founded in 2010 to contribute to realization of economic social cultural rights of women, girls and youth and marginalised communities. We tackle women’s lack of land, adequate housing, inheritance and property rights, the problem of female and male youth unemployment, early marriage, teenage pregnancies & reproductive health rights of girls, education rights of extremely marginalised children,  improved & decent work environment for the women in the informal sector and women participation in decision-making processes.

We seek for a transformative change where grassroots women and girls take centre in tackling the social economic challenges in their communities and negative social cultural norms are challenged to increase gender equality in all spheres.

Our 3 years’ experience on rural women land and property rights informed our focus on early marriage and its link to low girl-child education, women lack of economic social rights, vicious cycle of poverty, vulnerability to abuse and persistent discrimination. Our inaugural work on women and youth in the informal sectors exploring the urban safety and security and the role played by youth and women in improving working and living conditions inspired us to focus on improved and decent work for the women in the informal sector.

Full realisation of economic social and cultural rights is largely challenged by persistent poverty, climate change and its effect on food security, water, housing and health, persisting conflicts and bad governance and failed democracy on the African continent. Gender inequality continues to challenge the progress made in women empowerment and participation despite efforts by states to address gender gaps. By bringing together energies and experiences from all corners of sub-Sahara Africa, CESCRA sets out to protect the economic social cultural rights of the marginalised on the African continent including focus on promoting gender equality.

CESCRA Values and Commitments

  • Equality of all persons including gender equality and social inclusion
  • Transparency and accountability in all levels of engagements
  • Democracy
  • Participation of all levels of society
  • Engagement through mutual dialogue
  • Respect for all voices of society and actors
  • Models of excellence in all CESCRA undertakings