Technical Assistance

CREA provides technical assistance to non-profit organisations, donor agencies, and other institutions. CREA assists organisations to include a rights-based approach to issues of sexuality, gender, reproductive rights, and sexual health in their work and policies.

 

CREA’s Technical Assistance Services

 

  • Strategic planning assistance
  • Trainings in Hindi and English for staff and leadership of organisations on issues of women’s human rights, gender, and sexuality
  • Hindi translations on issues of women’s human rights, gender, and sexuality
  • Legal training on laws pertaining to women in India
  • Designing, planning, and implementation of thematic exchange visits and study tours for global South organisations and pariticpants

 

CREA personalises each of its trainings and exchange programmes to cater to the needs, objectives, and experiences of the participants—whether for professionals in funding agencies seeking to further their understanding of issues of sexuality or for young practitioners in the development sector seeking to build their leadership capacities.

CREA has provided technical assistance to a diverse range of organisations, including the following:

  • AALI
  • Action Aid India
  • Action India
  • CARE International
  • CARE India
  • CARE Tajikistan
  • CARE Bangladesh
  • The Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development
  • The International Center for Research on Women
  • Plan India
  • Pravah
  • Reach India
  • Room To Read
  • Sanhita
  • Sappho For Equality
  • Swasthya
  • The World Health Organization for the Governments of Nepal and Vietnam
  • The Youth Parliament

 

Impact of CREA’s Technical Assistance

CREA has influenced the design and implementation of large-scale development programmes, and contributed to change in organisational mandate and functioning.

 

Individual biases challenged

Participants have expressed that they now have a greater and nuanced understanding of the power structures that oppress women and girls, and keep them away from leading healthy lives.

A participant from Action Aid India expressed that before the training, she had never realised that women have a voice in deciding when to have sex and when to have children, and that they have a right to say no to have sex with their husbands. This has influenced her work with adolescent girls in a major way. She is now committed to train adolescent girls to assert their rights when it comes to these issues.

Organisational policies reviewed

Many organisations, such as Action Aid India and Plan India, have reviewed their organisational policies, and focussed on gender policies.

  • Organisations have considered including issues of gender, sexual orientation, disability rights, and staff benefits relating to abortion and adoption.
  • Organisations are now using more rights-affirming language.

Participants from the AALI training said that although they had been working on women’s rights for long, now, for the first time, they have the tools to approach matters on sexual health differently. Also, there is less shyness and hesitation.

Links between sexual and reproductive health and rights strengthened

Organisations implementing large-scale reproductive health programmes have started to address issues of gender inequality, bodily integrity, consent, decision-making, and discrimination.

Reach India committed to revise its training manual on adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights to include these issues. Post training, they were able to clearly see the connections between adolescent health and discrimination.

 

Examples of Our Work

CARE India

Works with marginalised communities in India on health, nutrition, and livelihood issues.

  • CREA conducted a training on sexuality and sexual rights with 30 senior staff members.

Action Aid India

Focuses on the rights of India’s marginalised communities like dalits and indigenous people, rural and urban poor, women, children, and minorities.

  • CREA conducted three trainings with 15 staff members in Delhi, along with 65 women from partner organisations in Bhopal.

Plan India

Helps children to access their rights to protection, basic education, proper healthcare, and healthy environment in 11 states of India.

  • CREA conducted a training with 160 staff members, who work with 25 NGO partners across India.

Reach India

Works with a network of local service centres in eight states of India, and provides information on health, livelihood, and family finance to women and adolescent girls.

  • CREA conducted a training with the staff members in Kolkata, primarily responsible for conducting and organising trainings for Reach India.

Room To Read (India)

Works with rural and urban slum communities in nine states in India to improve educational infrastructure. It has a specific programme that deals with funding girls’ education, called Girls’ Education Programme.

  • CREA conducted a training with 30 staff members and partners of the Girls’ Education Programme, working directly with adolescent girls in the field.

AALI

A feminist legal advocacy and resource group, with the mandate of addressing women’s issues within a rights perspective.

  • CREA conducted a training with 32 staff members of partner organisations of AALI, working directly in the field on health and VAW issues in Uttar Pradesh.