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OBJECTIVE
To build the leadership capacities of women to add their voices to processes of social change.

HOW DO WE GET THERE?
CREA enables people, especially women, to become informed leaders through conducting institutes and training programs that promote a solid base of conceptual, theoretical and practical skills for participants. These programs focus on women’s human rights, sexuality, gender and violence against women.

This initiative includes:
Ibtida: The Community Based Leadership Program (India)
Basic Training on Gender, Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health in Hindi
Human Rights Institute in Hindi (India)
The Institute for Rights, Activism and Development (South Asia)
The Sexuality and Rights Institute (India)
Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute in Hindi (India)
The Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute (Global)
The Feminist Leadership And Movement Building Institute (East Africa)
The Disability Sexuality And Rights Online Training
 
 
 
IBTIDA: THE COMMUNITY BASED LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Ibtida, Urdu for ‘beginning’, is a group of community-based organizations, from the states of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Delhi, Bihar and Assam in India, partnering CREA in the Community Based Leadership Program.

OBJECTIVE
The long-term goal of this program is to enhance the use of formal and informal human rights mechanisms by organizations working at the local level.


HOW DO WE GET THERE?
CREA organizes trainings and workshops that provide issue-based explorations on sexuality, gender, violence against women and human rights as well as opportunities for the sharing of challenges and achievements. Recognizing the scarcity of Hindi-language resources on sexuality, gender, violence against women, and women’s rights, CREA publishes reports and manuals in Hindi for trainers and organizations. CREA facilitates access for partner organizations to national and international forums such as the World Social Forum (WSF) and the International Women’s Health Meeting (IWHM).


IBTIDA PARTNERS
Mahila Bal Jyoti Kendra  Bihata, Bihar
Mahila Jagran Kendra  Patna, Bihar
Mahila Mandal  Hazaribagh, Jharkhand
Prerana Bharti  Madhupur, Jharkhand
Action India  New Delhi
Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives  Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Gramonnati  Sansthan  Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh
Tehreek  Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Sangatin  Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh
Sahjani Shiksha Kendra  Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh
Vanangana  Karvi, Uttar Pradesh

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Basic Training on Gender, Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health in Hindi

The Basic Training on Gender and Sexuality in Hindi is a five-day training program with the objective of creating opportunities for women to build preliminary understanding around sexuality and sexual rights. 

OBJECTIVES
Develop a basic understanding on sexuality and its connections with gender and human rights. Create a space for women activists, students, development workers and researchers to challenge their notions on sexuality and analyze concepts related to sexuality that inform their work.

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ADHIKAR, VIKAS AUR SANGHARSH - EK ADHYAYAN

(Rights, Development and Struggle: A Human Rights Institute in Hindi)

Adhikar, Vikas aur Sangharsh - Ek Adhyayan is a week-long institute that attempts to address the paucity of resources, debates and scholarship on rights and development in the Hindi language. Faculty and resources persons conduct sessions using a variety of teaching methods including lectures, discussions, readings, case studies, films, and group exercises. The medium of instruction and discussion is Hindi. The institute will also make available resource materials in Hindi on human rights for its participants.

OBJECTIVES
Create opportunities for women working in development to engage with the rights based approach. Enable women working in community-based organizations to critically analyze various themes within development from a rights perspective and to question the relevance of using a human rights framework when engaging with these issues. Build a deeper understanding on international human rights treaties, analyze local movements and contexts and, at each step, question what this approach would mean for the environments in which they work.

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SOUTH ASIA MOVEMENT BUILDING AND HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTE

The South Asia Movement Building and Human Rights Institute, which began is an annual five-day residential training program designed by CREA for women working in NGOs in South Asia in mid-level leadership positions, to build the conceptual clarity of participants on gender, feminism and movement building and their link to human rights in the South Asian context. Activists and academics from the global South teach the course using classroom instruction, group work, case studies, simulation exercises and films.

OBJECTIVES
Build conceptual understanding of participants on gender, feminism and movement building and their link to human rights. Develop strategic skills by looking at and analyzing some social movements and successful advocacy campaigns in South Asia. Build communication skills that will enable participants to prepare effective written communication material, social messaging in videos and documentaries and use ICTs for human rights work.

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THE SEXUALITY AND RIGHTS INSTITUTE: EXPLORING THEORY AND PRACTICE

The Sexuality and Rights Institute, in collaboration with TARSHI (Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues), is an annual two-week-long residential course, begun in the year 2000, that focuses on a conceptual study of sexuality. National and international faculty members teach the course. They employ different pedagogical methods including reading assignments, classroom instruction, group work, case studies, simulation exercises, fictional reading and films. The medium of instruction is English.

OBJECTIVES
Develop a conceptual understanding of the fields of sexuality and human rights,
and their connections with issues of gender and health. Build analytical skills to critically examine how programs, strategies and practices affirm or violate the rights of individuals. Create a new generation of leaders who will integrate work on sexuality and rights into their programs.

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eligibility application form
log on to www.sexualityinstitute.org

For more information on TARSHI
log on to www.tarshi.net

 


Yaunikta, Gender aur Adhikar – Ek Adhyayan
(Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute in Hindi)

Yaunikta, Gender aur Adhikar - Ek Adhyayan is an annual week-long Institute in Hindi on sexuality, gender and rights. This Institute aims to enable women development workers from community based organizations to engage with a conceptual study of sexuality and its intersections with gender, health and human rights. The Institute will make available resource materials in Hindi on Sexuality, Gender and Rights.

OBJECTIVES

Create opportunites for women working in community based groups to engage with a conceptual study of sexuality. Enhance participants' understanding of concepts related to sexuality. Analyze the intersections of sexuality, gender and rights, and look at ways in which this understanding can be incorporated in participants' area of work.

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Next Institute:
February 3-8, 2014
The Retreat, TERI, Gurgaon, India
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THE SEXUALITY, GENDER AND RIGHTS INSTITUTE


The Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute is a week long residential course based on the Sexuality and Rights Institute, offering a conceptual study of sexuality to participants from around the world. It examines the links between sexuality, rights, gender, and health and their interface with socio-cultural and legal issues. Participants critically analyze policy, research and program interventions using a rights-based approach. The international faculty draws from different social science disciplines, reflects on theory and practice, and uses a variety of pedagogical methods. Six Institutes have taken place in New York, USA and Istanbul, Turkey.

OBJECTIVES

Further participants’ conceptual understanding of the fields of sexuality, gender, health and human rights and enable them to better implement programs, advocacy initiatives and actions that affirm the sexual rights and reproductive rights of individuals and communities.

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Next Institute: 22-30 June, 2013
Istanbul, Turkey

Last date for submitting completed applications is 30 March 2013
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THE FEMINIST LEADERSHIP AND MOVEMENT BUILDING INSTITUTE (EAST AFRICA)

The Feminist Leadership and Movement Building Institute (East Africa) is a week-long course designed to strengthen feminist leadership, strategies and collective power for social transformation in Africa. Using a movement building lens, the process allows participants to build their knowledge on the theoretical underpinnings of movement building synthesized from analyses of global movements. Additionally, participants identify the different intersections, interactions, common spaces and challenges that social movements encounter when collaborating on issues of women's human rights. Activists and academics from the global South teach the course using classroom instruction, group work, case studies, simulation exercises and films. Three Institutes have taken place in September 2008, April 2010 and December 2011.

OBJECTIVE

The Institute combine reflection on the current political landscape as well as past organizing strategies for women's rights in Africa by using a trans-movement building approach. Looking at diverse movements in Africa and globally, the Institute enables participants to relate to some of the experiences and lessons from these movements to their own contexts, countries, and regions. The movement building approach challenges groups to critically assess how they have organized themselves to achieve their social justice goals. In particular the Institute enables participants to explore their political agenda, involvement of constituents and strategies for collective action underpinned by reflection.

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THE DISABILITY SEXUALITY AND RIGHTS ONLINE TRAINING

The Disability, Sexuality and Rights Online Training provides a study of theory and practice for people working in fields such as development, health and rights, including disability and sexuality. The aim of the training is to develop awareness of issues of disability and sexuality and a political perspective on disabled people's sexual rights. Participants develop their ability to work in inclusive and holistic ways that further health and rights. This training is organized and taught by an international group of academics and activists in the disability rights field who specialize in sexual and reproductive rights and health from a global South perspective. The course is conducted entirely online in English with presentations, reading, discussion, research, activities and a final project.

The first Disability, Sexuality and Rights Institute was held during February and March 2010 with 33 participants from around the world. The co-organizers and core faculty members for the course included Ekaete Umoh (Nigeria, Family Centered Initiative for Challenged Persons), Janet Price (UK, Liverpool University), and Anita Ghai (India, University of Delhi), all of whom identify as disabled women.

OBJECTIVE

Increase within the women's rights movement the inclusion of disabled women and the recognition of disability as a women's rights issue and related to other women's rights issues. Develop awareness and understanding of the control and denial of disabled women's sexuality and to further knowledge of how to advance disabled women's sexual rights. Build leadership of disabled women in advocacy for their sexual rights.



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