What We Do
CREA conducts world-class Institutes (short-term courses) and trainings to strengthen feminist leadership, strategies, and collective power for social transformation. These Institutes and trainings are conducted at national and global levels, in India and in East Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East. They bring together some of the best minds in the world to talk about issues related to sexuality, gender, rights, feminist leadership, movement building, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), using creative teaching and learning methodologies.
Our Institutes and trainings are truly cutting edge; they are exciting, intellectual, and fizzing with ideas and connections. They are unique because they do not push for a particular line of thought; they make the participants question their assumptions and attitudes, and suspend judgement. The idea is to help the participants better understand these issues and apply this understanding in the work they do.
“We never gave them answers. We just rattled up their minds.”
—Geetanjali Misra, Executive Director, CREA
CREA, as part of the Ibtida programme, also works to build the leadership capacity of elected women representatives (EWRs) in Jharkhand. The aim is to ensure development and better integration of more effective strategies to advocate for the rights of women and girls at the community level.
CREA helps activists, organisational representatives, policymakers, and others working on issues related to sexuality, gender, and SRHR bring greater understanding and commitment to their work to advance the rights of women and expand sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people. CREA aims to influence global and national advocacy to change laws, policies, and practices that violate the rights of women, young girls, and other marginalised communities.
CREA, as part of the Sexual Rights Initiative, also works to advance sexual rights as a particular set of rights and as a cross-cutting issue within international law, specifically in the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). We also monitor the implementation of Acts, such as the Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act 2005, and work with various coalitions to fight for the rights for sexual rights for all.
For too long, the global North has been deemed the clearinghouse for research and information on sexuality, gender, reproductive health, and human rights. Thus, this research and information has remained inaccessible to many, especially in the global South. In addition, vital perspectives from the global South have been absent from academic and political conversations.
CREA develops publications and knowledge resources, in English and Hindi, in the fields of sexuality, reproductive health, gender, and human rights, which fill this gap and foreground global South perspectives. By publishing material in Hindi, CREA reduces the paucity of resources for Hindi-speaking activists and organisations. For instance, Reproductive Health Matters—Hindi is the only peer-reviewed Hindi journal on sexual and reproductive health and rights and human rights. All these resources and materials are made available on CREA’s website, mailed out to the organisations and activists that CREA works with, and disseminated through various other channels.
CREA organises public discussions, debates, events, and online and offline campaigns to challenge public attitudes and discourses on issues of women’s human rights and sexual rights. These events and campaigns use new forms of media and technology to reach out to more and more people across the world. The aim is to catalyse change by helping people understand the root causes of stigma, discrimination, and violence in society. CREA works to expand discourses and encourage debates and discussions that contribute to knowledge and scholarship in the fields of sexuality, gender, and rights. Along with creating a broader public understanding about these issues, CREA’s events provide feminist platforms to enable activists, leaders of community-based organisations, and policymakers to learn from each other and build professional networks.
Increase Voice and Visibility of Marginalised Women
Prevent Violence Against Women and Enhance Women’s Security
Advance Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Strengthen Feminist Leadership