Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute

4 February 2019

CREA’s 6th Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute

4 February –15 March 2019

(Completely online, 6 weeks, 6-10 hours per week)



Applications are due on or before 24th December 2018


To apply online, click here. If you experience difficulty with the online method, click here to download the application form and e-mail the completed form to Disha Sethi at dsroi@creaworld.org. For any queries contact Disha Sethi as well. 


CREA’s Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute is a six weeks long online course which started in 2010 and focuses on building a conceptual understanding on issues of disability and sexuality, and its inter-linkages with feminism, public health, development, violence, media and representation, amongst others, using a rights-based approach. 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 disabled and non-disabled people working in areas such as development, health, sexuality, media, and rights. The aim is to create awareness about the intersection of disability and sexuality, and build a political perspective on disabled people’s sexual rights. Participants develop their ability to work in inclusive and holistic ways that further human rights and social justice. CREA coordinated the first Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute in 2010.


Why take this course?



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"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. 
  • Sexuality is an important part of the life, identity, society, and culture of all people, including people with disabilities. It can be a source of pleasure and pain, empowerment and oppression. 
  • 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, and human rights, including embodiment, intersectionality, and phenomenology. 
  • We will consider differing representations of disability and sexuality across the globe, and ask why and how representation is important.
  • 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.
  • We will examine violence against disabled women, and consider barriers and potential in providing sexual and reproductive healthcare for women with disabilities.
  • New this year: We will also have a second line of group leaders dedicated to working with 6-7 participants and supporting them throughout the course. 



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.



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 academicians.



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). 


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 6-10 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. 


Resource People

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


Ekaete Judith Umoh is a disability rights advocate, founder and Executive Director, Family Centered Initiative for Challenged Persons (FACICP), an NGO that works to promote the inclusion of the issues of women with disabilities in gender and development programs in Nigeria. She serves as consultant to several development agencies, providing technical assistance on the inclusion of a disability component in various development programmes. Ekaete holds both a PGD in Education and a Masters Degree in Social Work; currently she is Vice-President, Rehabilitation International (RI) - Africa Region. She is the first female National President of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) Nigeria.


Janet Price is an activist and academic, who works at the intersection of disability, sexuality, and gender. Based in Liverpool, UK, she has been involved with CREA for over a decade, raising the profile of sexuality issues for disabled people. In partnership with disabled and non-disabled colleagues from Nigeria, India, Kenya, and Australia, amongst others, she has been convening Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute. She maintains her academic links through her involvement with the Gender and Health Group at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She is also on the Board of Disability and Deaf Arts (DaDa), Liverpool, which holds a biennial International Festival, DaDaFest.


Masum Momaya A person with a disability herself, Dr. Masum Momaya has been part of DSROI faculty since 2011. For nearly 20 years, she has worked at intersections of social justice, human rights and arts as a curator, researcher, writer and educator. Masum currently consults with Helicon Collaborative and Pop Culture Collaborative. Beginning in 2019, Masum will be an Open Society Foundations fellow. Previously, she was Curator at Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and International Museum of Women. Masum earned an honors AB in Public Policy and Feminist Studies from Stanford University and an EdM and EdD in Human Development from Harvard University.


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 consults with a range of human rights, disability rights and women’s rights organisations like Human Rights Watch, Point of View, CREA and SightSavers UK. She actively advocates at policy levels in India and the UN on issues of girls and women with disabilities. She has been appointed to the global civil society advisory group of UN women’s Executive Director, sits on the advisory board of “Voice”, is the president elect on the board of AWID, and is also a member of the core group on persons with disabilities of the National Human Rights Commission in India. You can follow her @saysnidhigoyal.


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


Applications are due on or before 24th December 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by 11 January 2019, and will have sufficient time to familiarise themselves with course material and software.


Contact Person: Disha Sethi Email: dsroi@creaworld.org


Click here to find the call for application in a word format.