CREA's 7th Disability, Sexuality and Rights Online Institute, 2020

17 August 2020
Completely online, 6 weeks, 8-12 hours per week

CREA’s 7th Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute

17th August –27th September, 2020

Completely online, 6 weeks, 8-12 hours per week


Deadline for applications has been extended to 12 July 2020.


To apply online, please click here. If you experience difficulty with the online method, you can download the application here and e-mail the completed form to Sushma Luthra at For any queries contact Sushma Luthra as well.


CREA’s Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute is a six weeks long online course that began in 2010, and focuses on a conceptual study of disability, gender and sexuality, and its inter-linkages with issues of feminism, race, public health, development, violence, media, representation and law, amongst others. It is intended for practitioners and has a strong component on activists’ initiatives that integrate disability, sexuality, and rights.


About the Course

The Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute provides a study of theory and practice for activists, practitioners, academics and human rights actors working areas such as disability rights, gender rights, development, sexual and reproductive health, sexuality, media, and law. The aim is to create awareness about how disability, sexuality and rights intersect, build a political perspective on how the sexual rights of persons with disabilities can be upheld, and provide knowledge on mechanisms for building more inclusive sexual rights advocacy. Participants develop their ability to work in inclusive and holistic ways that further human rights and social justice. CREA convened the first Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute in 2010. After six successful Institutes, we now have a wide ranging alumni base spread across the globe.


Why take this course?

Click here to see what our alumni had to say about it.


This course provided a great opportunity for me to systematically grasp knowledge and good practices about disability and sexuality. At different points it also prompted me to reflect on my personal experience as a woman with disability, and to use that as a resource of learning.- Zhying Ma, DSROI Alumni, 2016


  • Disabled people are often excluded or discriminated against in relation to their sexuality by health, development, and rights organisations because they are not considered to be sexual or they are thought to be sexually vulnerable or uncontrolled. Sexuality issues and rights of disabled people are often disregarded in favor of issues that are considered more pressing and appropriate like employment and physical access.

This course will look at why sexual and disability justices matter to us all, with or without disabilities. It will look at evolving theories of sexuality, disability, disability justice and human rights, including embodiment, intersectionality and crip theory.

  • We will consider differing representations of disability and sexuality across the globe, and ask why and how representation is important.
  • We will examine violence against disabled women, and consider barriers and potential in providing sexual and reproductive healthcare for women with disabilities.
  • We will discuss how to put rights into practice, from the local to the global level: UN Conventions and their limitations and use; national laws and their strengthening; and community actions in their application to different disabilities.
  • Over the years the course has been adapted for accessibility across varying disabilities. We endeavor to keep working with participants to provide differing reasonable accommodations as per the needs of the participants.
  • Our faculty are activists, practioners, academics, from across the globe who have years of engagement in the field of disability and sexuality.
  • Our Teaching Assistants work with a group of dedicated participants, along with the CREA team, to ensure mentoring and support is provided to the participants.

This year we will also be offering a self-paced mode, allowing participants to engage with the material at a pace compatible with individual time frames. The self-paced mode, however, will involve participants working on their own without the benefit of faculty input and live interactions. Look out for more details in the coming month!


Format and Workload

The course will be conducted entirely online, and entirely in English. No special technology is required, and information about all necessary applications and platforms such as Microsoft Word, Power Point, Drop Box, etc. will be provided to selected candidates at least two weeks before the course begins. The Institute will be conducted mostly in virtual time, with some discussions planned for real time. The Institute will use diverse methodology such as power points, videos (with subtitles), readings, chats/ discussions and web conferencing. Participants will also be required to submit a final project. Although the course is introductory, the work will be challenging, including reading and discussion of complex theory. We encourage active engagement so participants can learn from each other’s thoughts and experiences.


Course participation will require between 8-12 hours per week, depending on participants’ capacity. Each week’s requirements can be completed at the convenience of participants as long as it is within broader time parameters. Participants will be expected to participate in the entire course and complete all assignments, as far as possible.



The Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Institute is an introductory level course on the intersections of these issues. Independent activists and practitioners in development, sexuality, health, media, and rights NGOs and GOs worldwide are encouraged to apply. Thirty-five to forty participants will be selected based on demonstrated interest in disability and sexuality, and applicability to their work. Practitioners will be given preference over students, researchers, and academics.



People with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the Institute. The course has been designed and tested to be accessible to people with visual and hearing impairments. There is ongoing efforts to meet accessibility requirements of people with other support needs as well.



Participants are required to pay a registration fee of USD 60 to contribute towards course expenses. Fee waiver is available on request for a very small percentage of participants on need basis (please refer to the application form).


Resource People

The Institute is designed and taught by an international group of academics and activists in the disability rights field, specializing in sexual and reproductive health and rights from a global South perspective.



Janet Price is an activist and academic, who works at the intersection of disability, sexuality, and gender. In partnership with many others from Nigeria, India, Kenya, and Australia, amongst others, she has been convening DSROI since 2010. She is also on the Board of Disability and Deaf Arts (DaDa), Liverpool, which holds a biennial International Festival, DaDaFest.

Niluka Gunawardena is an educator, researcher and disability rights advocate based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Kelaniya and a Disability Consultant and curriculum developer at the University of Colombo. She serves on the board of Women Enabled International and the disability advisory panel of HYPE Sri Lanka.

Ekaete Judith Umoh is founder/Executive Director at FACICP Disability Plus, a Disability/women’s rights organization. She was advisor to Hesperian Foundation, on “Health Handbook for women with disabilities project”; once served on AWID International Conference Planning Committee and member; UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group, Nigeria. 

Nidhi Goyal is a disability rights and gender justice activist. She is the Founder Director of the non-profit Rising Flame. Her work spans research, writing, training, campaigns, advocacy, and art. She actively advocates at policy levels in India and the UN on issues of girls and women with disabilities. She is currently serving as the President of the Board of AWID.

Katherine Ott is a curator and historian at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. She works on the history of medicine and the body, disability and bodily difference, and LGBTQ history, among other topics. She has curated exhibitions on the history of disability, HIV & AIDS, polio, acupuncture, and medical devices for altering the human body.

Anahí Guedes De Mello is a Brazilian anthropologist. She is currently a collaborating researcher at the Center for Disability Studies (NED) with Federal University of Santa Catarina and an associate researcher at Anis - Institute of Bioethics, based in Brasilia. She is a deaf and lesbian activist in the disability rights and LGBTI+ social movements in Brazil.

We are also excited to have members from DisAbled Women’s Network, Canada (DAWN), join us as faculty for DSROI! You can access their website through the following link:



Mildred Omino: Gender and Disability Rights Practitioner; 2020 Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity.

Megan Smith: Disability Rights Activist; PhD candidate & Marie Curie Research Fellow, University of Iceland.

Alimata Abdul Karimu: Independent Researcher and Rights activist; disability rights advocate.

Agnieszka Król: Sociologist (Jagiellonian University, Poland); feminist disability rights activist.

Reshma Valliappan aka Val Resh: Founder-Director of The Red Door India; Painter; Writer; Pantomime; Speaker; Educator

Additional input from activists working on HIV/AIDS, mental health, UN conventions, queer disability and more!



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.


Deadline for applications has been extended to 12 July 2020. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions shortly after the application deadline closes, and will have sufficient time to familiarise themselves with course material and software.


Contact Person: Sushma Luthra Email: