Prevent Violence Against Women and Enhance Women’s Security
Violence against women remains embedded in our societies, both as a daily reality and a hallmark of crisis situations, perpetrated by State and non-State actors. Gender justice is impossible in a world where at least one in three women faces violence in her lifetime, regardless of her culture, religion, socioeconomic class, or education level . CREA believes that a country can be a true democracy only when all women have the security and freedom from violence. Women must be actively involved in the political processes of a country. They must be at the forefront of reform, and their voices, perspectives, and participation must help shape positive change.
CREA aims to advance a feminist understanding of peace and security, as part of formal and informal democratic processes, and for these processes to address violence against women. For this, we provide women the tools, skills, and knowledge to challenge patriarchal power structures, and participate in building stable, peaceful nations, which respect the human rights of all sections of society.
- All Women Count Global South Alliance to Prevent Violence Against Women
- New Voices/New Leaders: Women Building Peace and Reshaping Democracy
- Women’s Leadership Institute on Peace and Security
- Building Feminist Discourse and Perspective of Youth on Sexual Assault and Violence Against Women
All Women Count Global South Alliance to Prevent Violence Against Women
CREA, Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE) and UHAI EASHRI are part of a global South consortium working on human rights, gender and sexuality. Our work prioritizes groups of people who are most affected by discrimination, including young women, sex workers, people of diverse sexualities and gender identities and people living with disabilities. One key initiative we are currently undertaking is "All Women Count!" Funded under FLOW 2 of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this initiative addresses gender-based violence, including online gender-based violence in India, Kenya, Burundi, Egypt, Lebanon, Tanzania and Uganda.
The All Women Count partners:
Established in 2009, UHAI is the first indigenous activist fund for and by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex (LGBTI) and sex worker Africans. We support civil society organising with flexible and accessible grants; capacity development; knowledge building; and convening. UHAI supports organising in 7 Eastern African countries—Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda—and Pan-African organisations working across the continent.
The Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE) is a regional non-governmental organization based in Beirut, Lebanon which focuses its efforts exclusively on Arab states across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to encourage and support sexuality, gender and bodily rights’ movements through capacity building, knowledge production and exchange as well as security and emergency response.
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is both an organization and a network, with over 50 organizations across 36 countries (2016). APC's Women’s Rights Programme (APC WRP) aims to strengthen the capacity of diverse women’s movements to engage with and influence the internet as a feminist, political space, including addressing online gender-based violence (GBV).
The ‘New Voices/New Leaders’ programme is part of CREA’s commitment to enhance the use of formal and informal human rights mechanisms by individuals and organisations working at the local, national, regional, and global levels. It builds the capacities of African, Asian, and Middle Eastern women to advance democratic values and processes. The aim is to advance a feminist agenda of transforming politics based on peace, security, and non-violence.
The programme addresses two constituencies. First, women who are already at the forefront of their countries’ political and social changes, and are active in tackling violence and insecurity. CREA provides them training in international human rights instruments and other aspects of rights advocacy, conducts Institutes, disseminates knowledge resources and tools, and encourages cross-regional sharing. Second, future leaders—young women at the grassroots level, who are likely to become feminist leaders at the national level. CREA helps them to develop strategies for avoiding conflict and violence locally. Also, by putting them in contact with feminist leaders at the national level, CREA helps build their confidence and abilities to engage in the broader push for women's inclusion and rights.
Women’s Leadership Institute on Peace and Security
The Women’s Leadership Institute on Peace and Security provides training to women human rights defenders and representatives of organisations working on women’s peace and security to use feminist leadership principles in their work. It aims to create a cadre of leaders who would advance feminist principles and women's rights in their ongoing work on peace and security. The Institute provides opportunity for participants to learn about the concepts of feminist leadership and movement building, and link these concepts to their practice on peace building and security. The Institute, held annually, brings together 25–30 people, and addresses both contextual and operational gaps that exist within current efforts and movement on women’s peace and security.
Building Feminist Discourse and Perspectives of Youth on Sexual Assault and Violence Against Women
CREA, through this programme, seeks to bring feminist discourse on women’s human rights and gender-based violence to college campuses in Delhi, with a view to encourage debate and respond to the many issues that emerged from the protests around the 16 December 2012 Delhi gang rape. CREA plans to bring eminent feminist activists together in a panel, to interact with students on issues of sexual violence, women's human rights, legal reform (including the Justice Verma Committee process), and women's representation in the media. The aim is to influence a critical population of young people and college students through feminist perspectives on gender justice, sexuality, and rights.