CREAW’s vision statement: Our vision as an organization is ‘A transformed just and equal society’
CREAW’s Mission Statement: ‘To champion expand and actualize women’s rights ‘
CREAW’s Values: Our values that steer us on as an organization are all hinged on the underlying principle of love.
a)Integrity- We endevour to be be honest, truthful and dependable. We take responsibility and do the right thing even when no one is watching
b)Professionalism- We endevour to take leadership, be accountable and take responsibility in all that we engage in. We aim to be timely efficient authentic excellent and original maintaining confidentiality in all that we do.
c) Passion- We are committed to all that we do and we go an extra mile to ensure that the results desired are achieved.
d)Innovativeness- In executing our duties, we aim to go out of our comfort zones and think outside the box as we serve and meet the needs of our clients.
e) Synergy– We respect and embrace diversity; working together as a team with commonality and clarity of purpose.
The Centre for Rights, Education and Awareness (CREAW) is a registered, non-profit national women’s rights non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 1998 by women lawyers who had common goals and a shared purpose to confront the low awareness of women’s real needs and rights in Kenya. It was registered in 1999 as the Centre for Rehabilitation and Education of Abused Women. It later changed the name to reflect its wider focus on women’s rights in society.
CREAW is open to membership of both men and women who share in the same vision and mission and who are driven by positive values for women’s development and empowerment.
The Board of Directors is the overall executive organ responsible for CREAW’s policy direction while the secretariat ensures that the policies are executed and the programmes implemented.
CREAW’s programmes are politically non-partisan. However, they are anchored on enthusiastic lobbying and advocacy to support the interests of its constituents – the women of Kenya.
CREAWS MANDATE & FUNCTION
CREAW derives its mandate from established international, regional and local human rights principles, customs and practices which recognize the role of multiple stakeholders including civil society as key catalysts in the advancement of human rights. Our mandate also comes from our own social consciousness which obligates us to continuously champion, expand and actualize women human rights.
The functions of CREAW are as provided in CREAW’s Constitution and are as follows:
- To create public awareness and sensitize society on women’s rights; to respect defend and uphold women’s human rights as well as promote equal rights of women.
- To promote the opportunities for women in the political educational fields as well as in industry, business and in the professions;
- To generate new knowledge through innovative research and to reform policy and debate on women human rights;
- Strengthen institutional capacity and provide an open forum for discussion of all matters affecting women.
CREAW’s THEORY OF CHANGE
Theory of Change: CREAW believes that social transformation can happen through a shifting of social norms and practices that curtail the realization of women’s rights. This is done through legislative and policy advocacy, activism, public education, public interest litigation and innovative research. The desired change should be evident in attitudes, knowledge, skills, levels of awareness, behavior and health at personal, family, communal and societal levels. In CREAW’s view, change requires a catalyst. As that catalyst, CREAW sees its roles as lying in:
- civic engagement
- dismantling patriarchy;
- seeking accountability at all levels
- awareness raising;
- working through smart networks and movement building;
- broadening and deepening knowledge;
- constant innovation