Tackling the Taboo: sexuality and gender - transformative programmes to end child, early and forced marriage and unions

7 June 2019

Tackling the Taboo focuses on the need to address patriarchal control of adolescent girls’ sexuality in the fight against child, early and forced marriage and unions, and highlights the vital role played by gender-transformative programmes. The report presents findings from a review of 23 organizations that work at the intersection of child marriage and sexuality, and includes three case studies that feature the work of grassroots organizations working in politically and culturally conservative contexts.

Tackling the Taboo is intended as a learning tool for practitioners, a guide for future research opportunities, a call to action for funders, and an advocacy tool for engaging in dialogue with policymakers and leaders. The report was produced by the CEFM and Sexuality Programs Working Group: American Jewish World Service (AJWS), CARE, CREA, Global Fund for Women, Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, GreeneWorks, International Center for Research, on Women (ICRW), International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), Nirantar Trust, Plan International, Population Council and Promundo-US.

Download the Full Report and Summary Report in English, French and Spanish.

Me, We And The Machine - The Institute of Technology, Gender, Sexuality and Rights

9 December 2018


“Till I was 17, I did not have a word for who I was, or could be. I did not know I was a transgender girl. But as a 16-year-old, I discovered the internet.”  Nadika, The Smartphone Freed Me | 13 August 2015,

Millions of individuals and communities around the world today use technology to explore, express, navigate and advocate for their gender, sexuality and rights. Phones, simple or smart. Desktops. Smart watches. Tablets.In the digital age, our lives are no longer ‘physical only’. The way we live now is defined, to some extent or another, by technology. The tapestry of our lives has shifted from the physical world only to the physical + digital, spaces that weave in and out of each other like tangled balls of wool.

As our lives seamlessly yin and yang in and out of the physical and the digital, so does our gender. Our sexuality. Our rights.

In many cities and regions, queer communities first form online… then move offline, when it’s safe enough to do so. Think #queerlivesmatter

Global protests and activism around gender-based harassment and violence erupt or are amplified in digital spaces. Think #metoo

And many aspects of digital technology are giving rise to new rights claims and demands, including the right to be forgotten. Think #digitalrights

It’s time for social movements to think more deeply about how technology intersects with sexuality, gender and rights. How can we shape the future instead of being shaped by it? That’s what Me, We And The Machine is all about.


Me, We And The Machine is a seven-day residential institute that dives deep into two big questions:

  • How does technology shape and influence sexuality, gender and rights?
  • How do sexuality, gender and rights inform and shape technology?

Following the style and methodology of CREA’s flagship institute on Sexuality, Gender and Rights, this institute explores the intersection of theory and practice in the context of social movements. The institute will explore the following core concepts, linking them to advocacy, including rights-based claims and strategies that advance the goals of movements working on gender and sexuality:

  • Technology as site and space (public, private, hybrid)
  • Sexual expression as a key aspect of free expression
  • Body becoming data, data becoming body
  • Consent and privacy in the digital age
  • Tools of control, from censorship to surveillance
  • Online and offline harassment
  • Artificial intelligence, rights and social justice
  • Movements, activism and technology



Me, We And The Machine is designed as a seven-day Institute of theory and practice, that will take place from 9-15 December, excluding travel.



Me, We And The Machine will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, during 9-15 December 2018. The venue is wheelchair accessible.



Think. Relate. Play. Talk. See. Read. Shift. Me, We And The Machine is designed as a series of seven tracks - all of which explore these intersections through different pedagogies.



The Institute Me, We And The Machine is hosted by CREA and Point of View.

CREA is a global feminist human rights organisation based in New Delhi, India. CREA works at the grassroots, national, regional and global levels to build feminist leadership, advance women’s human rights, and expand sexual and reproductive freedoms for all people.

Point of View is a feminist non-profit based in Mumbai, India. We build and amplify the voices of women and other marginalized genders and remove barriers to voice, speech and expression. Gender and sexuality are at the heart of our work, as are disability and technology.


Only 30 participants will be selected for the institute, based on their application forms and their ability to demonstrate how they would apply the lessons of the Institute. Individuals working on issues of sexuality, Gender Based Violence, LGBTI rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, disability rights, and on the intersection of gender, technology and rights are eligible to apply. Participants are required to stay for the entire duration of the course.

Travel and Visa

Participants are responsible for incurring their travel costs to and from the Institute and obtaining their own visa. Please allot enough time to the visa application, as the process and timeline may take upto 30/40 days in some cases. Please do check the requirements for your country.


Registration Costs

Registration and Course fees are due on or before 15 November 2018.

Registration Fee: EUR 250. All selected applicants will have to pay this fee.

Course Fee: EUR 1000. This covers tuition and resource package. Course fee does not include travel costs to and from the Institute venue for anyone.


A very small number of full and partial scholarships are available on a need basis. Please note that the scholarship process is competitive. Only individuals who meet all the following criteria are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

• Working for national/local organisation in the global South;

• Working and residing in the global South; and

• Working on sexual rights, LGBT, sex workers' rights, and rights of people with disabilities, and gender and technology

NOT ELIGIBLE: Students; individuals not affiliated with organisations; and individuals working with

international organisations.

Full Scholarship: Tuition, Resource Package, Accommodation and Meals

Partial Scholarship: Tuition, Resource Package


You can also make a scholarship contribution to the institute by writing to us at:


Accommodation and Meals (Only if applying for full scholarship)

Participants are expected to arrange their own accommodation and meals. For those who are interested, we have a few rooms booked at discounted rates that they can pay for directly. For those availing full scholarships, considerations have been made to ensure reasonable accommodation and accessibility.


Please submit your application as soon as possible. We will be selecting participants each week on a rolling basis, in order to begin the process of visa applications as well as seeking funding opportunities as soon as possible. Though the deadline to submit your application is 7 October 2018, early applications will be given priority, and thus we encourage you to apply much before the deadline.

Funding opportunities

We encourage participants to approach donors to sponsor their participation. Possible sources for funding include the organisation you work for, your organisation's donors (some funders will consider travel grants to current grantees), and donors who fund the emerging area of gender, technology and rights. We suggest that you begin researching options immediately upon submitting your application to us.

Participating faculty

Institute faculty will consist of scholars, researchers and practitioners who are recognised for their work at the intersections of technology, sexuality, gender and rights.

Application deadline

Applications are due on or before 7 October 2018. To apply online, click here. If you experience difficulty with the online method, download the application here, and e-mail the completed form to Sushma Luthra at Send any queries to Ms. Luthra as well. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by 20 October 2018.

Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute - Nepal, 2017

14 February 2017

Download the application form HERE.


CREA's Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute is an annual residential course--begun in 2007--which focuses on a conceptual study of sexuality and its application to program interventions. The Institute examines the links between sexuality, rights, gender, and health, and their interface with socio-cultural and legal issues. Participants critically analyse policy, research, and programme interventions using a rights-based approach. This year, the institute is being jointly organised by CREA, WHR and LOOM. This institute is for participants working in Nepal and will be focused on the Nepalese context.




CREA - 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. CREA's mission is to build feminist leadership, advance women's human rights, and expand sexual and reproductive freedoms. 

Women for Human Rights (WHR) - Women for Human Rights (WHR), Single Women's Group was set up in 1994 with the objective to address the rights of Single Women (widows) in Nepal. WHR works to raise the legal, social and economic status of single women and advocates for access to and benefit from legal and human rights justice. The organisation develops and enhances confidence, self-esteem and capabilities of single women to ensure their social inclusion in development activities at decision making levels."


LOOM - LOOM is a Feminist platform interconnecting generations of women, weaving stories, threading dreams, channelising aspirations and empowering women's movement as we foresee freedom.


Course Content:

Sexuality is a complex field of study, which spans multiple disciplines and areas of work. Accordingly, the course content of the Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute will focus on a conceptual and theoretical study of sexuality, and its interconnectedness with gender, reproductive health, the law, sex work, conflict, migrations, caste, disability, diversities and human rights. Activists and academics will teach the course using classroom instruction, group work, case studies, simulation exercises, fiction, and films.

All the sessions will be conducted in English.



For the Institute, 25-30 participants will be selected from all over Nepal, based on their application forms and their ability to demonstrate how they would apply the lessons of the Institute to the work they do. Individuals working on issues of sexuality, LGBT rights, sexual rights, sex workers rights, HIV/AIDS, violence against women, health, and/or gender are eligible to apply. Participants are required to stay for the duration of the course. Participants are required to be proficient in English.


Venue and Dates:

The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from March  20 - 25, 2017. Participants are expected to arrive by 19th evening and leave on 25th after 4.00pm.


Accommodation and Travel:

CREA will reimburse the cost of travel and provide accommodation/food for all participants during the institute. There are no registration fees for this institute. 


Selection Process:

Please submit your application as soon as possible. Participants will be selected on the basis of their application and work experience.


Core Faculty:


Pramada Menon is a queer feminist activist working on issues of gender, sexuality, sexual rights, women's human rights and organizational change management in India and internationally for more than three decades. She works as a consultant - trainer, facilitator, professional coach - to community based organizations as well as international NGOs and Foundations. She is the co-founder of CREA, a women's human rights organization based in New Delhi.  Pramada is also a stand up performance artist and a documentary film maker.


Shalini Singh is a feminist activists and lawyer. At CREA, Shalini designs and manages all Hindi training programs and institutes, which includes the annual Basic training on Gender and Sexuality, Feminist Leadership Institute and the Sexuality and Gender Rights Institute in Hindi. She is in-charge of developing resource materials in Hindi, and has been involved in various aspects of community based programs in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. Shalini is a trained counselor, with a background in social sciences and law.


Resource Faculty:


Chayanika Shah is a queer, feminist activist, researcher, and teacher. She has worked and written extensively on issues of the politics of population control and reproductive technologies, communalism, feminist studies of science, and sexuality and sexual rights. She has been an active member of two autonomous voluntary collectives in Mumbai -- Forum Against Oppression of Women and LABIA - A Queer Feminist LBT Collective. 


Dipika Srivastava works as a Programme Coordinator with TARSHI. She has worked in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights for over seven years. She has a keen interest and experience in training and reproductive and sexual health related issues.



Jyotsna Maskay is a fun feminist. She draws her power and energy from the women's movement, and believes in using an inter-sectional approach to analysis. She cannot claim the knowledge extracted from women's experiences, but that has sharpened her experiences in areas of movement, women defenders, migration, violence based on gender, and among others. She has set up a feminist organisaton called LOOM that adopts a multi generational approach in interconnecting generations of activists. She loves dogs, and reading detective books.


Kamal Gautam, a graduate in Public Health is a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) activist. His professional experience includes working on issues of young people's sexual and reproductive health and rights, sexuality education and its advocacy. Mr. Gautam has been contributing to Comprehensive Sexuality Education and prepared a parallel school curriculum, and has been training students, young people and other stakeholders across Kathmandu valley and many parts of Nepal. Currently, he is working with International Medical Corps as SRH Program Officer and is also an active member of youth led and youth run organization called YUWA.


Sreekala MG is a human rights activist based in India. She has been involved with several civil society groups and movements in India for nearly two decades. As the former executive director of North East Network, a pioneer women's organisation in northeastern India, Sreekala has extensively worked on women's human rights in conflict situations at both local and regional levels. Engaged in research, training and advocacy on women's human rights, Sreekala is passionate about realisation of international human rights standards of women living in conflict situations. She is part of IWRAW -AP's pool of resource persons on CEDAW. Currently, she works as an independent consultant on women's human rights.


Meena Saraswathi Seshu is the General Secretary of SANGRAM, an organisation that works on the rights of sex workers and people living with HIV/AIDS. SANGRAM's Centre for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalisation (CASAM) advocates for the reduction of stigma, violence, and harassment of marginalised communities, especially those who have challenged dominant norms. Seshu is part of the UNAIDS Reference Group on Human Rights and HIV. In 2002, she was awarded the Human Rights Defender Award by the Human Rights Watch.


Ketki Ranade has a B.A. in Psychology from Mumbai University and M.A. in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She has done her MPhil degree from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore and her PhD degree from TISS, Mumbai. Ketki was awarded a research fellowship under the Health and Population Innovations Fellowship Program of Population Council, India (2006-08). She has worked as a mental health professional, researcher and advocate for almost a decade before joining TISS as faculty in 2010. Ketki has been a visiting faculty at University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2015).


Nirjala Bhattarai



Applications are due on or before February 28, 2017. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by March 3, 2017.

Contact Person: Sushma Luthra; Email:

क्रिया द्वारा आयोजित ‘यौनिकता, जेंडर और अधिकार – एक अध्ययन’

20 February 2017

आवेदन पत्र आप  यहाँ से डाऊनलोड कर सकते हैं। 


कृपया अपने आवेदन पत्र को पर ई-मेल करें 

या इस पते पर पोस्ट करे:

क्रिया, 7 मथुरा रोड, दूसरी मंजिल, जंगपुरा बी, नई दिल्ली 110014

या इस नंबर पर फैक्स करें: +91-11-24377708

आप हमें इस नंबर पर कॉल भी कर सकते हैं: +91-11-24377707/24377700


ईमेल करने पर सब्जेक्ट में 'Application/आवेदन पत्र' अवश्य लिखें और पोस्ट या कूरियर भेजने पर भी लिफाफे पर 'Application/आवेदनपत्र' लिखें।

भरे हुए आवेदन की अंतिम तिथि: दिसम्बर 11, 2016

'यौनिकता, जेंडर और अधिकार - एक अध्ययन' क्रिया द्वारा संचालित, एक सप्ताह का आवासीय अध्ययन कार्यक्रम है। यह प्रशिक्षण, इस श्रृंखला की ग्यारहवा कड़ी है|इस कार्यक्रम में समुदाय आधारित संस्थाओं में कार्यरत महिलाओं को यौनिकता, अधिकार, जेंडर और प्रजनन स्वास्थ्य के वैचारिक सिद्धांतों से अवगत करवाया जाता है एवं उनके सांस्कृतिक, सामाजिक और कानूनी मामलों के बीच के जुड़ाव और परस्पर सम्बन्ध के बारे में जानकारी दी जाती है। इस कार्यक्रम में यौनिकता, जेंडर और अधिकार से सम्बंधित हिंदी संसाधन सामग्री उपलब्ध रहेंगे|


प्रशिक्षण विषय

  • यौनिकता व जेंडर
  • स्वास्थ्य व अधिकार
  • मानसिक स्वास्थ्य 
  • विकलांगता
  • यौन कार्य व जुड़े मुद्दे
  • जीविका और यौनिकता आदि


और पात्रता

वह सभी व्यक्ति जो खुद को महिला मानते हैं और जो गैर सरकारी संगठनों में या स्वतन्त्र एक्टिविस्ट के रूप में 

सामाजिक मुद्दों पर कार्य करती है, इस कार्यशाला के लिए आवेदन कर सकती हैं| आवेदन करने के लिए सामाजिक बदलाव के मुद्दों पर कम से कम 2 साल कार्य का अनुभव आवश्यक है| सभी सत्र और संसाधन हिंदी में होंगे अतः सभी प्रतिभागियों को हिंदी में पढना और लिखना आना आवश्यक है| आवेदन पत्र के आधार पर 25-30 प्रतिभागी चुने जायेंगे। सभी प्रतिभागियों को पूरे कार्यक्रम के दौरान कार्यक्रम स्थल पर ही रहना होगा। केवल चुने गए प्रतिभागियों को 15 दिसंबर 2016 तक चयन की सूचना भेजी जाएगी ।

मुख्य शिक्षकगण

प्रमदा मेनन एक क्वीयर नारीवादी एक्टिविस्ट हैं। वे जेंडर, यौनिकता और महिलाओं के मानव अधिकार मुद्दों पर कार्य कर रही हैं। प्रमदा क्रिया की सह संस्थापक भी हैं। वर्तमान में वे स्वतन्त्र सलाहकार के रूप में कार्य करती हैं एवं डॉक्युमेंटरी फिल्म भी बनाती हैं।


शालिनी सिंह महिला मुद्दों के क्षेत्र में गत 20 वर्षों से कार्य कर रही हैं एवं पिछले 12 साल से वे क्रिया के साथ कार्यरत करते हुए  सभी हिंदी प्रशिक्षणों को आयोजित और संचालित करती हैं | क्रिया के समुदाय आधारित कार्यक्रम में शालिनी महिला संस्थाओं के नेटवर्क के क्षमता वृद्धि का कार्य करते हुए, नारीवादी नेतृत्व, महिला हिंसा, जेंडर, यौनिकता और अधिकार से जुड़े कानून पर प्रशिक्षण देने का कार्य करती हैं। हिंदी प्रशिक्षण करने के साथ साथ क्रिया के सभी हिंदी प्रकाशनों और ट्रेनिंग मैन्युअल को लिखने, अनुवाद और प्रकाशन सम्बंधित कार्य भी शालिनी की जिम्मेदारी है | सामlजिक विज्ञान की शैक्षिक पृष्ठभूमि के साथ शालिनी एक वकील और प्रशिक्षित काऊंसलर है । 


अन्य शिक्षकगण

  • दीपिका श्रीवास्तव
  • चयनिका शाह
  • रत्नाबोलीरे 
  • दीप्ता भोग
  • अन्य 

प्रशिक्षण शुल्क

यह प्रशिक्षण निःशुल्क है| क्रिया सहभागियों के रहने व खाने का प्रबंध करेगी | आने जाने का टिकट (2nd A/C ट्रेन) का भुगतान भी क्रिया द्वारा किया जायेगा |

विशेष सूचना

आवेदन पत्र हमें दिसम्बर 11, 2016 तक या उससे पहले पहुँच जाने चाहिए| निर्धारित तिथि के बाद कोई भी आवेदन पत्र स्वीकार नहीं किये जायेंगे |केवल चुने हुए प्रतिभागियों को चुनाव की सूचना दिसम्बर 15, 2016 तक भेजी जायेगी| 


वर्ष 2000 में स्थापित, क्रिया नई दिल्ली में स्थित एक नारीवादी मानव अधिकार संस्था है। यह एक अंतर्राष्ट्रीय महिला अधिकार संस्था है, जो समुदाय, राष्ट्रीय, क्षेत्रीय और अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर काम करती है। मानव अधिकार आन्दोलनों और समूह के विभिन्न भागीदारों के साथ मिलकर क्रिया महिलाओं और लड़कियों के अधिकारों को आगे बढ़ाने और सभी लोगों की यौनिक और प्रजनन स्वास्थ्य व अधिकारों के मुद्दों पर कार्य करती है। क्रिया राष्ट्रीय और अंतर्राष्ट्रीय मंचों पर सकारात्मक सामाजिक बदलाव के लिए पैरवी करती है और दुनिया भर के सक्रियतावादी और पैरवीकारों को ट्रेनिंग और सीखने के अन्य मौके प्रदान करती है।


इस कार्यक्रम का आयोजन अमेरिकन ज्यूइश वर्ल्ड सर्विसेस के आर्थिक सहयोग से किया गया है। क्रिया इस सहयोग के लिए उनका धन्यवाद करती है।

Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute—South Asia

16 January 2017

Applications are due on or before 15 December 2016. To apply online, click here

If you experience difficulty with the online submission, click here to download the application and e-mail the completed form to Sushma Luthra at Send any queries to Ms. Luthra as well.

CREA’s Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute-- South Asia is a week-long residential training programme, designed to strengthen feminist leadership, advocacy, and strategies for building collective power for social transformation in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Institute aims to build the conceptual clarity of participants on gender, feminism, feminist leadership, and movement building, and their links to human rights in the South Asian context. Looking at diverse movements in South Asia 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. 

Course Content

The Institute will build:


  • Conceptual understanding of participants on gender, feminism, and movement building, and their links to human rights. 

  • Strategic skills by looking at and analysing some social movements and successful advocacy campaigns in South Asia.
  • Conceptual understanding of participants on privacy and security issues that will enable them to strategically and safely use online and offline communication tools for movement building.


Using a movement-building lens, the Institute will allow participants to build their knowledge on the theoretical underpinnings of movement building, synthesised from analyses of global movements. 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 the pre-existing resources of the women's movement in the South Asia region. They will also identify and explore concrete strategies to strengthen links between movements to advance women's human rights more collectively.

A team of feminist activists from global South, who have done trailblazing work in the field of women's human rights, teach at this Institute, 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, with a minimum of 3 years experience working on gender issues, women’s rights, development and/or youth activism (voluntary or paid)
  • Reside or work in South Asia
  • 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
  • Be proficient in English language, as the Institute is conducted in English and all the training and reference materials used will be in English

Venue and Dates

The Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute--South Asia will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 16-21 January 2017. The venue will be wheelchair accessible.


Tuition, accommodation and meals for the duration of the Institute will be covered by CREA. Participants have to cover their own travel expenses. A limited number of travel scholarships are available. 


Accommodation will be on twin-sharing basis.


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, girls, trans and intersex persons, and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people. CREA advocates for positive social change through national and international fora, creates knowledge and resources to shift discourse, and provides training and learning opportunities to global activists and leaders through its Institutes.