Increase Voice and Visibility of Marginalised Women

Women are often excluded, marginalised, and denied participation because of their sexuality (e.g. women who have sex with other women), their means of employment (e.g. women who sell sex), their age (e.g. young and/or never married), their physical or mental ability to assert themselves (e.g. women with physical or mental disabilities), and many other reasons. They are excluded from accessing the full extent of their sexual and human rights. CREA believes that all women have an inherent right to dignity, to a life free from violence, for which their human rights must be affirmed.

 

CREA works to prevent the violence and marginalisation faced by women, by supporting, strengthening, and advancing the voices and participation of marginalised women in processes of positive social change.

 

  • Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute
  • Website on Sexuality and Disability
  • Voices Against 377
  • Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Fund
  • Unseen, Unheard, Unsung: Violence Against Marginalised Women in South Asia
  • Free and Equal photo book

 

Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute

The Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute aims to develop awareness on issues related to disability and sexuality, and a political perspective on disabled people's sexual and human rights. The Institute provides a study of theory and practice for people working in fields such as development, health, and rights, including disability and sexuality. It is conducted by an international group of academics and activists working in the field of disability, with expertise in sexual and reproductive health and rights. The course is conducted entirely online in English with presentations, reading, discussion, research, activities, and a final project.

 

Website on Sexuality and Disability

The website (www.sexualityanddisability.org) starts with the premise that women who are disabled are sexual beings—just like any other woman. It is constructed as a series of questions a woman with a disability might have—about her body, about the mechanics and dynamics of having sex, about the complexities of being in an intimate relationship or having children, about unvoiced fears or experiences of encountering abuse in some form.

 

The website—a joint effort of Point of View and CREA—has been created with the active support of women with disabilities and activists. It is accessible across disabilities.

 

Click the pink drop-down menus in ‘Body’, ‘Having Sex’, ‘Relationships’, ‘Having Children’, and ‘Violence’ to get to the questions—and to the real-life stories that accompany them. Add your questions and feedback at ‘Have Your Say’. And, check out the information at the bottom of the home page for families, partners, doctors, and organisations.

 

Voices Against 377

CREA is an active part of Voices Against 377, a coalition of organisations and progressive groups articulating a united voice against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises same-sex behaviour in India. CREA, as part of the coalition, has been working to ensure equal rights and privileges to people with same-sex desires, by being involved in strategising and advocacy, and publishing and sharing knowledge resources. On 22 November 2006, Voices Against 377 filed an intervention in the Delhi High Court, in support of Naz Foundation’s stand to decriminalise consensual same-sex sexual acts. On 2 July 2009, Section 377 was read down to decriminalise same-sex adult consensual sex. An appeal against this order is now pending in the Supreme Court of India.

 

Check out www.voicesagainst377.org.

 

Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Fund

CREA is the Asia Consortium partner for 'Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program', launched by Freedom House, independent watchdog organisation dedicated to the expansion of freedom. The programme has three components—emergency funds, advocacy support, and security assistance.

 

Consortium partners include Akahatá-Equipo de Trabajo en Sexualidades y Géneros; the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE); the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe); Freedom House; Heartland Alliance (HA); and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).

 

The specific portfolios managed by CREA in the region include advocacy support and security training. CREA supports civil society organisations (CSOs) for short-term advocacy initiatives to counteract urgent threats, such as proposed or recently passed legislation, sudden government crackdowns, increased levels of violence, or other emergent dangers/trends. Support is also provided for preventive security training to help LGBTI CSOs and human rights defenders to develop security plans. This proactive support is meant to enhance the security of LGBT activists and organisations and to help prevent future threats and attacks from disrupting LGBTI human rights work.

 

Unseen, Unheard, Unsung: Violence Against Marginalised Women in South Asia

The background papers developed as resources for CREA’s Count Me IN! Conference, held in April 2011, is being compiled into a book. Some of the papers include ‘Looking In, Looking Out: Starting the Count’ by Geetanjali Misra; ‘Queer Women in South Asia: An Analysis’ by Ponni Arasu; ‘(Dis)ability and Exclusion: An Analysis’ by Anita Ghai; ‘Sex in Your Tongue: Sexual Rights from a Language Perspective’ by Kaushalya Perrera; and ‘The Public and Private Life of Cinema and Censorship’ by Shohini Ghosh.

 

Free and Equal photo book

This photo book is part of CREA ongoing commitment to ground its work in an inclusive framework that centres itself in the experiences of all women, building a more just society for all people. Renowned artist and photographer Rebecca Swan captures the “stories that are rarely heard, the narratives that are so thoroughly invisibilised because of the complex ways in which they defy dominant societal and gender norms”. The narratives and images “speak of opposition, of challenging dominant perceptions of who we can and cannot be, what we can and cannot do, and who we should and should not love”.