CESI - Center for Education, Counseling and Research is a feminist organization established on International Women's Day - March 8, 1997 - in response to the violation of human rights, especially women's and minority rights, problems of militarization, nationalism and the deterioration of economic standard in the post-war period. CESI was founded by activists and members of women's and peace initiatives that have years of experience working with women survivors of war trauma. The core team counts 20 members, and a number of associates and volunteers that contribute to the development and achievement of our goals.
Mission: CESI is a feminist organization working to improve the social position of women and the achievement of gender equality as well as promote the full implementation of all laws and international instruments for the protection of human rights. We see the development of civil society as an important prerequisite for the development of a democratic society.
Vision: The Republic of Croatia is a democratic, socially just society in which all persons enjoy equal rights and have equal opportunities to realize their potential and participate equally in all aspects of social, political, cultural and economic life. CESI is a feminist organization that through expert knowledge and skills promotes the development and empowerment of all social actors for a just society.
With activities under the program 'Social Justice and Equal Opportunities' we want to contribute to the improvement of social and economic status of vulnerable groups with the aim of creating a more just society. We are particularly working on improving the status of women in the labor market and fighting violence against women.
As part of the 'Social activism and political processes' program we promote active citizen participation, especially participation of women and youth in decision-making processes, as well as the responsible creation and implementation of gender mainstreaming. Through the program we make analyses and recommendations, participate in working groups and bodies, through which public policies are created and we provide education trainings with the aim of improving skills, knowledge and empowerment of target groups - especially women active in local communities.
Through our activities we support the development of civil society and provide support to a number of women's initiatives at the local level. We participate in a number of working bodies in the development of strategies, plans and legislative proposals.
The aim of the program ‘Sex, gender and sexual rights’ is to promote gender equality among youth and to encourage the involvement of men in achieving gender equality. We believe that gender equality contributes to the quality of life and should be promoted as a public good. Within the program we are working on preventing and fighting gender-based violence as well as raising public awareness about the need to eliminate gender stereotypes and other causes of gender-based violence. Furthermore, one of the goals of the program is to improve the protection and promotion of sexual and reproductive rights and health.