The programs of CEPIA are developed through different activities such as: courses, researches, events, action of advocacy, publications, amongst others.
Check below the main Programs.

Human Rights, Access to Justice and Violence Against Women

Sexual and Reproductive health and rights

Civil Society Forum of The Americas

Conferences, Seminars and Meetings

Women's Human Rights


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 demands and the international commitments assumed by the Brazilian State.

CEPIA develops education activities addressed to diverse social, governmental and non-governmental sectors with the following objectives: empowering women in their struggle against discrimination and gender violence, divulging 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 perfect 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.


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

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.

Develops programs of qualification and sensitization in human rights, gender, violence and citizenship for Health professionals of Rio de Janeiro, in joint with the State department of Health and other agencies of public health.

CEPIA also develops programs to capacitate 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.


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 Forum, whose secretariat was exerted by the CEPIA until 2000, has for mission to promote justice, solidarity, social justice, equity and solidarity, through the participation of NGOs in the public policies of the region.

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 participates 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.

International Program for Training and Capacity Building
in Women’s Human Rights

Picture of the first course , 2003. From left to right, Rosane Heringer, Leila Linhares Barsted, Fabíola Rodhen, Lilian Celiberti, Jacqueline Pitanguy and Maria Elvira Vieira de Mello

The program has as a central concept the necessity to invest in the diffusion and amplification of knowledge aiming to strengthen the arguments and practices of individuals and organizations so that they will be able to better defend the human rights of women. Thus, this course 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 face the expansion of these rights, and to diminish the distance between laws and social practices.

Class of 2004

The program intends to educate on sociological, juridical and strategic concepts, present well succeeded initiatives, and discuss strategies for the advancement of knowledge, social indicators and public statistics on human rights.

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