APPLICATIONS OPEN: Gender Sexuality and Rights Institute (SGRI) India (English)

26 October 2017

CREA’s Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute: Exploring Theory and Practice

(India – English)


8 – 12 January 2018

Khandala, India




The CREA Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute (SGRI) is for individuals working on issues of sexuality, LGBT rights, sexual rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV/AIDS, violence against women, or gender, based in India or working on these issues related to India. A small number of spaces will be reserved for candidates of other South Asian countries.


CREA's Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute is an annual residential course that focuses on a conceptual study of sexuality. It examines the links between sexuality, rights, gender, and health and their interface with socio-cultural and legal issues. The participants critically analyse policy, research, and programme interventions using a rights-based approach.


Applications are due on or before 20 November 2017. 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.


Course Content

Sexuality is a complex field of study that 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, drawing from different social science disciplines and the intersections between them. Activists and academics will teach the course using classroom instruction, group work, case studies, simulation exercises, fiction, and films.



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 global levels. CREA's mission is to build feminist leadership, advance women's human rights, and expand sexual and reproductive freedoms for all people.



25-30 participants will be selected 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, LGBTI rights, sexual rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV/AIDS, violence against women, or gender, based in India or working on these issues related to India, are eligible to apply. A small number of spaces will be reserved for candidates from other South Asian countries. Participants are required to stay at the venue for the duration of the course. For application form, click here or go to


Venue and Dates

The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute will be held in Khandala, India, during 8-12 January 2018. (Begins at 9 am on 8 January2018; Ends at 5 pm on 12 January 2018).


Participants are responsible for incurring their travel costs to and from the Institute.


Registration Costs


For International NGOs and Donor Agencies: INR 25,000

This will cover tuition, resource package, accommodation on a twin-sharing basis during 7th-12th January 2018 (5 nights), and all meals.


For all other participants: INR 5,000

The registration costs will cover tuition, resource package, accommodation on a twin-sharing basis during 7th-12th January 2018, and all meals.

Please note this is a highly subsidised cost for participation.



Accommodation will be on twin sharing basis.


Participating Faculty

Andrea Parra is an attorney, legal activist and experiential trainer. She is the Director of Advocacy at CREA. She holds a law degree from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and an LLM in American Law from Boston University, and has been admitted to practice in the state of New York and in Colombia. She has served as the Director of the Action Program for Equality and Social Inclusion (PAIIS), a human rights law clinic at the Universidad de los Andes that engages in legal and political advocacy against discrimination based on disability, gender identity and sexual orientation, where she was also an adjunct professor at the same law school between 2009 and 2014. Since 2014, she has been a core trainer with Training for Change an organization that has developed an experiential methodology of training that helps groups stand up more effectively for justice, peace and the environment. She is also a translator and interpreter on social justice issues, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the organizations Women Enabled and Sinergias.


Carole S. Vance, PhD, MPH, is an anthropologist who writes about sexuality, science, politics, and social change.  At Columbia University, she founded and directed the Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights. She is currently a Fellow at Yale University in the Global Health Justice Partnership. She has extensively written about sexual theory; trafficking; science, sexuality, gender, and health; and policy controversies about sexual expression and imagery. She edited Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality (1984, 1993, the papers of the influential Barnard Sexuality Conference). She is the recipient of the David R. Kessler Award for lifetime contribution to the study of sexuality (2005) and the Simon-Gagnon Award for career contributions to the study of sexualities (2014).


Geetanjali Misra is co-founder and Executive Director of CREA. She has worked at the activist, grant-making and policy levels on issues of sexuality, reproductive health, gender, human rights and violence against women. She has taught as an adjunct professor on the intersection of LGBT issues, sexual rights and public health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and writes on issues of sexuality, gender and rights and co-edited Sexuality, Gender and Rights: Exploring Theory and Practice in South and Southeast Asia (2005). Before joining CREA, she was Program Officer, Sexuality and Reproductive Health for the Ford Foundation in New Delhi and supported non-governmental organizations in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka working on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She also co-founded SAKHI for South Asian Women in 1989, a non-profit organization in New York, committed to ending violence against women of South Asian origin. Geetanjali currently chairs the Board of Reproductive Health Matters (UK), a global peer reviewed journal on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Formerly, she was Chair of the Board of Mama Cash (the Netherlands), a Board Member of FHI 360 (USA) and also served as President of the Board of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) where she led a strategic planning and organizational development process leading to changes in leadership roles and structure. In the past, she has held several key advisory at various international platforms and fora.


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. Seshu was a speaker at the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, and at the 2012 Sex Worker Freedom Festival in Kolkata, India.


Ruth Vanita, Professor at the University of Montana, former Reader at Delhi University, was founding co-editor of Manushi, India's first nationwide feminist journal, from 1978 to 1991. The author of several books, including A Play of Light: Selected Poems (Penguin, 1994); Sappho And The Virgin Mary: Same-Sex Love and The English Literary Imagination(Columbia UP, 1996);Same-Sex Love in India: Readings from Literature and History (co-edited with Kidwai) (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2000); Love's Rite: Same-Sex Marriage in India and the West (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005);  Gandhi's Tiger and Sita's Smile: Essays on Gender, Sexuality and Culture(Yoda, 2005) and  Gender, Sex and the City: Urdu Rekhti Poetry 1780-1870 (Orient Blackswan, 2012). She is a well-known literary critic, and has published widely on Shakespeare, and on Hinduism. She has translated many works of fiction from Hindi and Urdu to English, including writings of Rajendra Yadav and Premchand, and, most recently, Alone Together, short stories by three feminist Hindi writers (Women Unlimited, 2013).  A collection of essays edited by her, India and the World: Post-colonialism, Translation Studies, Indian Literature appeared in 2014. Her latest book, Dancing with the Nation: Courtesans in Bombay Cinema will appear from Speaking Tiger in December 2018.


Special Lecture


Shohini Ghosh is Sajjad Zaheer Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia University, India. She has been visiting professor at Cornell University, and a fellow at the University of Chicago. Ghosh directed Tales of the Nightfairies (2002), a film about the sex workers' struggle for rights in Kolkata, India. She is author of the volume on Deepa Mehta's Fire for the Queer Classics Series published by Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver, Canada and Orient Paperbacks, Delhi, India. Ghosh is co-founder of the Mediastorm Collective, an all-women documentary collective. She researches and writes on film, television, speech, censorship and sexuality. Her current work is titled Violence and the Outsider: Bombay Cinema and the Spectre of the Muslim.



Applications are due on or before 20 November 2017. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by 30 November 2017.


Contact Person: Sushma Luthra; E-mail: