Recommendation on UN Women's Approach to Sex Work, Sex Trade and Prostitution
CREA, India along with All India Network of Sex Workers (AINSW), India, Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR), India and Lawyers Collective (LC), India and 43 sex worker-led community-based organisations jointly submitted a letter to UN Women as a response to its call on developing a policy on sex work, sex trade and prostitution.
Three regional consultations with sex worker groups were held in the eastern, western and southern regions of India with participants from West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana and this response is an outcome of it.
The participants of these consultations and other partner organisations are calling UN Women to ensure that the development of any policy decision by it on issues which directly or incidentally impact sex workers should to be made through meaningful and inclusive consultation with sex workers. The process should be well-planned and participatory with the engagement of sex worker organizations and sex workers as well as women’s rights organizations that support sex worker’s rights in various regions representing various class, race, ethnicity, health status, age, nationality, disabilities, and many other factors.
Response to the UN Women’s call on: “Consultation seeking views on UN Women approach to sex work, the sex trade and prostitution”
This statement has been jointly prepared by 190 sex worker rights, women’s rights, and human rights organizations. It was written in response to UN Women’s call for submissions regarding UN Women’s policy on sex work.
The Statement is calling UN Women to meaningfully engage with a broad range of sex workers’ and women’s rights organizations in the policy development process. It focuses on five key recommendations for UN Women to consider in their policy development process:
- Develop the policy through a transparent and participatory process, engaging a diverse range of sex workers from the global South and North,
- Anchor the policy in human rights principles
- Distinguishing between sex work and trafficking
- Emphasize the importance of decriminalization and remove related punitive laws and policies
- Address all forms of violence against all sex workers
Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute - Hindi
November 13-17, 2016 | Zorba The Buddha, New Delhi
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Last Date to apply: October 18, 2016
Organised by CREA, New Delhi, the Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute (FLMBaRI) is a five-day long, residential Institute, conducted in Hindi.
The third in this series, FLMBaRI-Hindi is designed to strengthen feminist leadership, advocacy, and strategies for building collective power for social transformation. It has been designed for women who work in senior or middle-level positions of leadership in non-government organisations (NGOs) as well as independent activists.
FLMBaRI-Hindi will enable the participants to identify different intersections, interactions, common spaces and challenges that social movements encounter when collaborating on issues of women’s human rights. The key topics to be covered in the Institute are:
· Feminist Leadership
· Caste and Gender
· Feminist Counselling
· History of the Women’s Movement
Activists and academics will teach the course using classroom instruction, group work, case studies, simulation exercises and films.
Participants and Selection Criteria
All women including those identifying as women working in non-government organisations or as activists on women’s issues in India can apply for this training. Thirty participants will be selected based on their applications. The selected participants will require to stay at the training venue for the entire duration of the training. The participants must:
- Have a minimum of 3-5 years experience working on gender issues, women’s rights, development and/or youth activism or
- Be from women’s rights or women-led organisations or
- Be working with or be from self-led groups working on disability, lesbian, trans*, sex worker rights
Cost of Participation:
There is no course fee. CREA will make arrangements for accommodation and meals during the duration of the Institute. Return tickets (only 2nd AC train tickets) will be reimbursed by CREA.
Venue and Dates
November 13-17, 2016 at Zorba The Buddha, New Delhi.
The applications are due on or before October 18, 2016. Applications received after the last date will not be considered. Confirmation will be sent to only selected candidates by October 15, 2016.
Founded in 2000, CREA is a feminist human rights organisation, based in New Delhi, India. It is one of the few international women’s rights organisations based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, which works at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels. Together with partners from a diverse range of human rights movements and networks, CREA works to advance the rights of women and girls, and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people. CREA advocates for positive social change through national and international fora, and provides training and learning opportunities to global activists and leaders through its Institutes.
We thank Oak Foundation for their support in organising this Institute.
Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute - East Africa
24-29 October, 2016 | Nairobi, Kenya
Applications are due on or before 21 September 2016. To apply online, click here. If you experience difficulty with the online method, download the application from HERE and e-mail the completed form to Sushma Luthra at firstname.lastname@example.org. Send any queries to Ms. Luthra as well.
The seventh Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute is a week-long course designed to strengthen feminist leadership, advocacy, and strategies for building collective power for social transformation in Africa. The Institute will combine conceptual inputs with reflection on the current political landscape as well as past strategies for advancing women's rights and gender equality in Africa. Looking at diverse movements in Africa and globally, and by exploring the role of movement building, direct action and advocacy at different levels, participants will be able to critically analyse their own contexts and approaches at the local, country, and regional level.
The Institute is designed on the premise that feminist leadership can be strengthened and have greater impact when women’s rights activists and advocates have greater conceptual clarity and strategic approaches that go to the roots of inequality rather than dealing with its symptoms alone.
With strong conceptual inputs and analytical frameworks on power, patriarchy, feminism, movements and organizations, and feminist leadership, the course helps participants acquire clarity on some of these core issues and provides new lenses and tools with which to examine their current work. Participants are supported to question and understand the deeper roots of social power structures and dynamics – especially gender power structures - and more effective routes to transformation. For example, the inputs on movement building and advocacy allows participants to critically assess how they have organised themselves to achieve their social justice goals, and the spaces and institutions in which they are intervening to create change. Participants are encouraged to re-examine and explore new avenues in their advocacy efforts, political agenda, involvement of constituents and strategies for collective action.
Additionally, participants will identify the different intersections, interactions, common spaces and challenges that social movements encounter when collaborating on issues of women’s human rights. From this, they will critically assess women’s movements in Africa and explore concrete strategies to strengthen links between women’s movements and other social justice movements to advance women’s human rights more collectively. The Institute will cover the following topics:
- Social Movements and Power -- Concepts and Theory
- Movements, Organisations and Leadership -- Theory and Practice
- Current issues and challenges of the women's movement in Africa
- Feminist Leadership Africa
- Human Rights Situation in Africa
- Safety and security of HRD
- Assessing our impact - Approaches and Tools
The Institute will foreground reflection at both personal and organizational level. Activists and academics from the global South, including leading African feminist activists and scholars, will teach the course using classroom instruction, group work, case studies, simulation exercises and films.
To be selected to attend the Institute you must:
- Be a woman or trans* person between 25 and 45 years of age;
- Reside or work in East Africa (Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Somaliland, Tanzania and Uganda);
- Have a minimum of 3 years experience working on gender issues, women’s rights, development and/or youth activism (voluntary or paid);
- Be able to demonstrate how you will use what you learn at the Institute in your work and how you will continue to participate in follow-up activities;
- Have a working knowledge of the English language and/or be bilingual if French speaking.
Venue and Dates
The Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, during 24-29 October 2016. (Begins 9 am on 24th; Ends 4 pm on 29th ).
Travel and Visa
Participants are responsible for incurring their travel costs to and from the Institute and obtaining their own visa. CREA will assist with the visa process by providing a letter of invitation and required visa letters.
Tuition, accommodation and meals for the duration of the Institute will be covered by CREA. Participants will be required to pay a registration fee of USD 50. Participants must cover their own travel expenses.
Accommodation will be on twin-sharing basis.
CREA’s mission is to build feminist leadership, advance women’s human rights, and expand sexual and reproductive freedoms. CREA is a feminist human rights organisation, based in New Delhi, India. It is one of the few international women's rights organisations based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, which works at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels.
Basic Training on Gender, Sexuality, and Sexual and Reproductive Health in Hindi
26 - 28 October 2015 | Delhi, India
CREA is organising a 3-day Basic Training on Gender, Sexuality, and Sexual and Reproductive Health in Hindi from 26 - 28 October 2015. The training programme focuses on creating opportunities for women to build preliminary understanding on issues of gender, sexuality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Women working with NGOs on issues of gender, development, and women's and girls' rights, with minimum work experience of one year, are eligible.
Last date for submitting applications is 5 September 2015.