Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute - Hindi

December 15 - 20, 2019 New Delhi   Last Date to apply: October 18, 2019 Organised by CREA, New Delhi, the Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute (SGRI) is a week long, residential Institute, conducted in Hindi. The fourteenth in the series, SGRI – Hindi is designed for the conceptual study of sexuality and its application to programme interventions. The Institute examines the links between sexuality, rights, gender and health, and their interface with socio-cultural and legal issues. Participants critically analyse policy, research, and programme interventions using a rights-based approach.   About some of our regular faculty members from the previous Institutes Pramada Menon - Pramada Menon is a queer feminist activist. She is working on issues of gender, sexuality and women's human rights. She is the cofounder of CREA. Currently she works as an independent consultant, makes documentary films and is also a stand-up performance artist. Shalini Singh – Shalini Singh is a feminist activists and lawyer. She has been working in the field of women issues for the last 23 years. At CREA in past 15 years, Shalini has been designing and managing all Hindi training programs and institutes, which includes the annual Basic training on Gender and Sexuality, Feminist Leadership Institute and the Sexuality and Gender Rights Institute in Hindi. She also works on capacity building of the network of women's organizations, imparting training on feminist leadership, women violence, gender, sexuality and law related to rights. She also leads the community-based program of action 'Meri Panchayat Meri Shakti'. Apart from all these, the work related to writing, translation and publication of all Hindi publications and training manuals is also under her responsibility. Dipta Bhog - Dipta Bhog is the founder member of Nirantar organisation. She has worked as a journalist and activist for women's rights and women literacy issues. She has over two decades of work experience in adult and girl education and rural journalism. She has worked in designing the programs, its implementation and influenced policy making. She has trained women activists, teachers, students, researchers, government officials and master trainers at the national and South Asia levels on the issue of gender and education. She has intensively studied school books from a feminist perspective and has also worked on state and national level writing. On the subject of gender in education, she was associated with the committee to form the National Curriculum Framework of 2008. Recently she conducted a study on the subject of women leadership in non-government organizations working in rural areas. She contributed a lot in starting Khabar Lahariya in 2002 and is also involved in training of women journalists in rural areas. Chayanika Shah - Chayanika Shah is a queer feminist activist, conducts researches and teaches as well. She has written a lot on the politics of population control, reproductive technology, feminism, feminist views on science and sexuality and gender. Chayanika has been an active member of the violence against women forum, a voluntary, non-funded, autonomous women's group based in Mumbai for more than thirty years. She has been associated with another Bombay-based voluntary queer feminist group, Labia, for the past twenty years. Labia is a group of lesbian and bisexual women and trans individuals. Chayanika has a Doctorate in Physics and taught the subject at a college in Bombay for two decades. Ratnaboli Ray - Ratnaboli Ray is the founder and managing trustee of Anjali, a Kolkata-based organization. Anjali works on a mental health whose purpose is to change the system of the service in the medical field. Anjali works on the development of services, study of policies and human rights on mental health in India. Ratnaboli is a psychologist and has been working as a health activist for more than 15 years. Ratnaboli was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship in the year 2000 for Anjali's work. Dipika Srivastava - Dipika has done Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development and Management from the Institute of Rural Technology and Engineering, Allahabad. She has been working in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights for more than ten years. She has a keen interest in training on issues of reproductive and sexual health. As the Program Coordinator of Tarshi, she works conducting trainings, development of Hindi IEC material, collaboration and networking at national and international levels.   Organiser Founded in 2000, CREA is a feminist human rights organisation based in New Delhi, India. It is one of the few international women's rights organisations based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, which works at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels. Together with partners from a diverse range of human rights movements and networks, CREA works to advance the rights of women and girls, and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people. CREA advocates for positive social change through national and international fora, and provides training and learning opportunities to global activists and leaders through its Institutes. Participants and Selection Process All those who consider themselves a woman can apply for the training. Around 25-30 participants will be selected from all over India, based on their application forms and their ability to demonstrate how they would apply the lessons of the Institute to the work they do. Individuals working on issues of sexuality, LGBT rights, sexual rights, sex workers rights, HIV/AIDS, violence against women, health, and/or gender are eligible to apply. Participants are required to stay at the training venue for the whole duration of the course. Proficiency in reading and writing in Hindi is essential. Cost of Participation There is no course fee. CREA will make arrangements for accommodation and meals during the duration of the Institute. For stays - participants will be given rooms on Twin-sharing basis. Return tickets (only 2nd AC train tickets) will be reimbursed by CREA. Venue and Dates The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute will be held in New Delhi, December 15 - 20, 2019. Participants are expected to arrive by 14th evening and leave on 20th after 5.00 pm. N.B. The application form should reach us on or before 18 October 2019. Applications will not be accepted after the due date. Confirmation will be sent to ONLY selected candidates by October 25, 2019.   Note: The process of selection will begin with the application of participants. You are requested to send the filled-in application form as early as possible. Click here to download the application form. For PDF version of the application form, Click here (Note: We DO NOT have the English version of the form) Send your applications to Or by post to CREA office: 7, Jangpura B, (2nd Floor), Mathura Road, New Delhi - 110014, India Phone: +91-11-24377707/24377700 Or by fax to: +91-11-24377708 Please write 'Application Form' in the Subject line of the email or on the envelope, if sending by post.     CREA  thanks  Oak Foundation, Medicus Mundi Gipuzkoa and American Jewish World Services for their support.   आवेदन की अंतिम तिथि: 18 अक्टूबर 2019 'यौनिकता, जेंडर एवं अधिकार - एक अध्ययन' क्रिया द्वारा संचालित, एक सप्ताह का आवासीय अध्ययन कार्यक्रम है। यह 15 - 20 दिसम्बर 2019 को  नई दिल्ली में संचालित  किया जा रहा है | यह प्रशिक्षण, इस श्रृंखला की  चौदहवीं कड़ी है |  इस कार्यक्रम में समुदाय आधारित संस्थाओं में कार्यरत महिलाओं को यौनिकता, अधिकार, जेंडर और प्रजनन स्वास्थ्य के वैचारिक सिद्धांतों से अवगत करवाया जाता है एवं इनके सांस्कृतिक, सामाजिक और कानूनी मामलों के बीच के जुड़ाव, विश्लेषण और परस्पर सम्बन्ध के बारे में जानकारी दी जाती है। इस कार्यक्रम में यौनिकता, जेंडर एवं अधिकार से सम्बंधित हिंदी संसाधन सामग्री भी उपलब्ध होगी |   पिछले आवासीय अध्ययन कार्यक्रम में लगातार  जुड़े  कुछ प्रशिक्षक  बारें में शालिनी  सिंह - महिला मुद्दों के क्षेत्र में गत 23 वर्षों से कार्य कर रही हैं एवं पिछले 15 साल से वे क्रिया के साथ कार्य करते हुए सभी हिंदी प्रशिक्षणों को संचालित करती हैं | क्रिया में शालिनी महिला संस्थाओं के नेटवर्क के क्षमता वृद्धि का कार्य करते हुए, नारीवादी नेतृत्व, महिला हिंसा, जेंडर, यौनिकता और अधिकार से जुड़े कानून पर प्रशिक्षण देने के साथ वह क्रिया के समुदाय आधारित कार्यक्रम 'मेरी पंचायत मेरी शक्ति' का भी नेतृत्व करती है । शालिनी हिंदी में महिला हिंसा, जेंडर, यौनिकता और अधिकार के मुद्दे पर लिखती है। सामlजिक विज्ञान की शैक्षिक पृष्ठभूमि के साथ शालिनी एक वकील और प्रशिक्षित काऊंसलर है। प्रमदा मेनन - प्रमदा मेनन एक क्वीअर नारीवादी एक्टिविस्ट है । वह जेंडर, यौनिकता और महिलाओ के मानव अधिकार के मुद्दों पर काम कर रही है । यह क्रिया की सहसंस्थापक हैं । फिलहाल स्वतंत्र सलहाकार के रूप में कार्य करती हैं, डाक्यूमेंट्री फिल्म बनाती हैं और स्टैंड-अप  परफॉर्मन्स कलाकार भी हैं । दीप्ता  भोग – दीप्ता भोग  निरंतर संसथान की फाउंडर मेम्बर  है | इन्होंने एक  पत्रकार और महिला अधिकार  के एक्टिविस्ट के रूप में कार्य किया है |  महिलासाक्षरता  मुद्दे, वयस्क और बालिका शिक्षा और ग्रामीण पत्रकारिता को लेकर उनके पास दो दशकों  से ज्यादा का कार्य अनुभव है ।  उन्होंने इस क्षेत्र में प्रोग्राम बनाने, लागू करने और पालिसी व प्रभाव के स्तर पर कार्य किया है | इन्होंने महिलाएं एक्टिविस्ट, शिक्षक, विद्यार्थी, शोधकर्ता, सरकारी अधिकारी और मास्टर  ट्रेनर्स सभी के लिए राष्ट्रीय और दक्षिण एशिया के स्तर पर जेंडर और शिक्षा के मुद्दे को लेकर  प्रशिक्षण दिया है | इन्होने गहनता से स्कूल की किताबो का नारीवादी नज़रिये से अध्ययन  किया है और राजकीय और राष्ट्रीय स्तर के लेखन  पर भी कार्य किया है | शिक्षा में जेंडर के विषय पर ये 2004 के राष्ट्रीय करिकुलम फ्रेमवर्क बनाने की कमिटी से जुडी थी | हाल ही में ग्रामीण क्षेत्रो में कायर्रत  गैरसरकारी संस्थाओ में महिला नेतृत्व के विषय पर स्टडी  किया ।"खबर लहरिया को 2002  में शुरू करने में ये बहुत सहायक रही और ग्रामीण क्षेत्र के महिला पत्रकारों के प्रशिक्षण में भी जुड़ी हुई है |  चयनिका शाह - चयनिका शाह एक क्वीयर  नारवादी एक्टिविस्ट हैं, रिसर्च करती हैं और पढ़ाती हैं। इन्होने जनसंख्या नियंत्रण की राजनीति, प्रजनन तकनीक, कौमवाद, विज्ञान पर नारीवादी विचार और यौनिकता और जेंडर पर काफी काम किया है और लिखा है । चयनिका पिछले तीस से भी ज़्यादा सालो से बॉम्बे में स्थित एक स्वैच्छिक, धन ना लेने वाली, स्वायत्त महिला समूह, नारी अत्याचारी विरोधी मंच की सक्रीय सदस्य रही हैं। यह एक अन्य बॉम्बे स्थित स्वैतच्छिक क्वीयर नारीवादी समूह लेबिया  के साथ पिछले बीस सालो से जुड़ी है । लेबिया, लेस्बियन और  बायसेक्सुअल औरतों और ट्रांस व्यक्तियों का समूह है। चयनिका ने भौतिक    विज्ञान में डाक्टरेट किया है और दो दशकों  तक बॉम्बे के एक कॉलेज में भौतिक विज्ञान पढ़ाया है। रत्नाबली रे - रत्नाबली  रे कोलकता स्थित संस्था अंजली  की संस्थापक और मैनेजिंग ट्रस्टी हैं । अंजली  मानसिक  स्वास्थ्य  पर कार्य करती है जिसका उदेश्य सेवा व् चिकित्सा क्षेत्र के प्रणाली में बदलाव लाना है । अंजली भारत में मानसिक स्वास्थ्य पर सेवाओं के विकास, नीतियों के अध्ययन और मानव अधिकार पर कार्य करती है । रतनबोली एक रोग विशेषज्ञ मनोवैज्ञानिक है और पिछले 15 वर्षो से स्वास्थ्य सक्रियतावादी के रूप में काम कर रहीं है । सन 2000 में अंजली के काम के लिए रत्नाबली  को अशोका फ़ेलोशिप से पुरस्कृत किया गया था । दीपिका श्रीवास्तव - दीपिका ने  इंस्टिट्यूट ऑफ़ रूरल टेक्नोलॉजी एंड इंजीनियरिंग, इलाहबाद से रूरल डेवलपमेंट और मैनेजमेंट में पोस्ट ग्रेजुएट डिप्लोमा किया है। दीपिका दस साल से भी ज़्यादा से यौन एवं प्रजनन स्वास्थ्य और अधिकार के क्षेत्र में कार्य कर रहीं है । इन्हे प्रजनन और यौनिक स्वास्थ्य के मुद्दों पर प्रशिक्षण करने में गहन रुचि है । तारशी के प्रोग्राम कोऑर्डिनेटर के रुप में वे प्रशिक्षण, हिंदी आई. ई. सी. सामग्री के विकास में सहयोग, नेटवर्किंग और राष्ट्रिय एवं अंतराष्ट्रीय स्तर पर तारशी का प्रतिनिधित्व करतीं हैं ।   आयोजक वर्ष 2000 में स्थापित, क्रिया नई दिल्ली में स्थित एक नारीवादी मानव अधिकार संस्था है। यह एक अंतर्राष्ट्रीय महिला अधिकार संस्था है, जो समुदाय, राष्ट्रीय, क्षेत्रीय और अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर काम करती है। मानव अधिकार आन्दोलनों और समूह के विभिन्न भागीदारों के साथ मिलकर क्रिया महिलाओं और लड़कियों के अधिकारों को आगे बढ़ाने और सभी लोगों की यौनिक और प्रजनन स्वास्थ्य व अधिकारो के मुद्दों पर कार्य करती है। क्रिया राष्ट्रीय और अंतर्राष्ट्रीय मंचों पर सकारात्मक सामाजिक बदलाव के लिए पैरवी करती है और कोशिश करती है की एक्टिविस्ट्स और पैरवीकारों को ट्रेनिंग और सीखने के कई तरह के मौके मिले | प्रतिभागी और चुनाव वह सभी व्यक्ति जो खुद को महिला मानते हैं और  सामाजिक बदलाव के मुद्दों पर कम से कम 2 साल से कार्य कर रहे  हैं, इस प्रशिक्षण के लिए आवेदन कर सकते हैं। सभी सत्र और  प्रशिक्षण से जुड़े अध्ययन के लिए लेख हिंदी में होंगे | इस प्रशिक्षण के दौरान भी  व्यक्तिगत या समूह में पढ़ने की आवश्यकता हो सकती है ।अतः सभी प्रतिभागियों को हिंदी में पढना और लिखना आना आवश्यक है | क्रिया आपसे आशा करती है की जल्द से जल्द अपने आवेदन पत्र हमें भेजें | आवेदन पत्र और कार्य अनुभव के आधार पर 25-30 प्रतिभागी चुने जायेंगे। सभी प्रतिभागियों को पूरे कार्यक्रम के दौरान कार्यक्रम स्थल पर ही रहना होगा। केवल चुने गए प्रतिभागियों को 25 अक्टूबर  2019 तक चयन की सूचना भेजी जाएगी।   प्रशिक्षण शुल्क यह प्रशिक्षण निःशुल्क है | क्रिया प्रतिभागियों  के रहने व खाने का प्रबंध करेगी | प्रत्येक कमरे में दो प्रतिभागियों के रहने की व्यवस्था की जाएगी | आने जाने का टिकट का भुगतान भी क्रिया द्वारा किया जायेगा |   तिथि और स्थान यौनिकता , जेंडर एवं अधिकार - एक अध्ययन पर यह कार्यक्रम 15 से 20 दिसम्बर 2019 तक नई दिल्ली में संचालित की जाएगी | प्रतिभागियों से उम्मीद की जाएगी की वह प्रशिक्षण स्थान पर 14 दिसम्बर की शाम तक पहुच जाए | वह 20 दिसम्बर को शाम 5 बजे के बाद वापस जा सकते है |   आवेदन आवेदन पत्र हमें  18 अक्टूबर 2019  तक या उससे पहले पहुँच जाने चाहिए | निर्धारित तिथि के बाद कोई भी आवेदन पत्र स्वीकार नहीं किये जायेंगे | केवल चुने हुए प्रतिभागियों को चुनाव की सूचना  25 अक्टूबर , 2019 तक भेजी जायेगी |    विशेष: चयन की प्रक्रिया, प्रतिभागियों के मिल रहे आवेदनों के साथ ही शुरू हो जायेगी । आपसे अनुरोध है की जल्द से जल्द प्रशिक्षण के लिए आवेदन पत्र भेजें । आवेदन पत्र  डाउनलोड करने के लिये यहाँ क्लिक करें   आवेदन पत्र के पीडीएफ संस्करण के लिए, यहां क्लिक करें ( नोट: हमारे पास फ़ॉर्म का अंग्रेज़ी संस्करण नहीं है ) कृपया अपने आवेदन पत्र को  पर ई-मेल करें  या इस पते पर पोस्ट करें : क्रिया, 7 मथुरा रोड, जंगपुरा-बी, नई दिल्ली 110014, फोन: +91-11-24377707/24377700 या इस नंबर पर फैक्स करें: +91-11-24377708 ईमेल करने पर सब्जेक्ट में 'Application/आवेदन पत्र' अवश्य लिखें और पोस्ट या कूरियर भेजने पर भी लिफाफे पर 'Application/आवेदन पत्र' लिखें   क्रिया सहयोग के लिए ओक फाउंडेशन, मेडिकस मुंडी गिपूजकोआ और अमेरिकन ज्यूइश वर्ल्ड सर्विसेज का धन्यवाद करती है ।  

Inviting Proposals from Consultants - last date 15 September 2019

5 September 2019
Terms of Reference: Consultant to develop media and communication products to advance sex workers’ rights   Introduction The Count Me In! (CMI!) consortium is a partnership led by Mama Cash, including the Red Umbrella Fund (RUF) together with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), CREA, Just Associates (JASS), the Urgent Action Fund[1] with the Dutch gender platform WO=MEN as a strategic partner for lobbying and advocacy. The joint initiative seeks to support and invest in the autonomy and capacity of women, girls and trans people to act for the prevention and elimination of gender-based violence (GBV), for economic justice, and for sustainable resourcing of women’s rights and women-led organisations and movements.   Background The last decade has seen increased global attention and resources being directed to combat trafficking, particularly into the sex sector.[2] Many of the laws, policies, and programs developed out of this support have resulted in serious human rights violations against sex workers. With the strong lobbying and funding to criminalise some or all aspects of sex work and the sex industry, and the continuation of sex work being perceived through the narrow lens of violence and moral judgment, raises questions about anti-trafficking work that women’s rights organisations are themselves doing. Despite the unfriendly environment, wherein the “end demand” model is gaining increased attention, sex worker activism and the sex workers’ rights movement have grown in size, strength and visibility. Sex workers speak out more often and gains have been made in some communities, countries and at the regional and global policy levels. And, in response, a range of rights organisations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Doctors of the World and ILGA - which just declared the need for decriminalisation of sex work few months ago in New Zealand - are also becoming more visible on their support of sex workers’ rights, and have openly declared their support for decriminalisation of sex work. This current polarized situation calls for intervention to influence the broader feminist movements and human rights funders so their politics and positions on sex work, and the programming that stems from such positions, takes a rights affirming approach to sex work - one that recognizes sex workers’ bodily autonomy, acknowledges their labor rights as workers, and highlights their right to be free from discrimination and criminalization (along with all other rights).   Purpose of Consultancy Recognizing that there is a vast amount of available research and materials about sex workers’ rights, CMI! seeks a consultant or consulting team to consolidate the most relevant information to use to promote sex workers’ rights as human rights and an understanding of sex work as work, and to use this information to build a visible, public social media campaign to highlight feminist approaches to sex workers’ rights. The consultant will develop and design campaign materials to be used by CMI! Members and our broader community of partners to respond to efforts to claw back sex workers’ rights (such as the recent campaign hosted by the governments of Sweden and France and mobilization by other anti-sex workers’ rights donors), and pro-actively promote a rights affirming feminist approach to sex work. The materials will be designed specifically to: strengthen alliances and support within feminist and allied movements, educate and encourage funders to fund sex workers’ rights and activism, and to support the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to continue funding and speaking out in support of sex workers’ rights. The campaign materials will be informed by existing evidence, amplifying sex workers' stories and good practices, and making strong and relevant (to the specific audience) arguments to advance sex workers rights.   Scope of work and key deliverables The consultant will work closely with members of the CMI! sex work working group, to produce the following: Develop an annotated overview of available resources (i.e. international consensus documents, policy papers, relevant research, briefing papers, advocacy resources, etc.) responding to the conflation of sex work and trafficking; Using this material, develop ready-to-go campaign materials to be used to counter anti-sex work rhetoric in the various spaces (aimed at women’s organisations, human rights groups, and funders,) that CMI! members engage in. These materials should include, at least, graphically attractive factsheets, infographics and case studies specific to the three identified target audiences; and Develop a visible, public social media campaign plan for CMI! to highlight rights affirming feminist approaches to sex work that CMI! Members can advance throughout 2020.[3]   Expected timeline and budget The consultancy will begin as soon as possible and will be for 3 months (from the starting date). The contract is expected to begin on 25 September 2019. Proposals for up to EUR 15,000 will be accepted for the assignment.   Location The consultant will be home-based. No travel is required. Consultancy period 25 September to 20 December (approx. 3 months) Draft Campaign package: 31 October Final Campaign Package: 15 December   Candidate profile Experience working with sex workers’ rights, feminist, women’s rights, and social justice movements and understanding of feminist approaches to sex work in the global context Strong and documented ability to create successful campaign packages, including research and writing as well as developing social media messages, digital materials and (info)graphics. Experience delivering quality products within a relatively short time-frame   How to apply To apply, please send the following to by 15 September 2019: Motivation letter (1-2 pages) Scope of work and schedule for deliverables (2-3 pages) Curriculum Vitae Detailed budget    [1]Urgent Action Fund Africa and its sister funds: Urgent Action Fund and Urgent Action Fund Latin America. [2]Includes exchange for sex, erotic dancing, pro-dom/pro-sub work, webcam work, sensual massage, adult film, phone sex, etc. [3]While, some elements of this will also require translation into Dutch for our work with the MfA, this will not be part of this consultancy.

Tackling the Taboo: sexuality and gender - transformative programmes to end child, early and forced marriage and unions

7 June 2019
Tackling the Taboo focuses on the need to address patriarchal control of adolescent girls’ sexuality in the fight against child, early and forced marriage and unions, and highlights the vital role played by gender-transformative programmes. The report presents findings from a review of 23 organizations that work at the intersection of child marriage and sexuality, and includes three case studies that feature the work of grassroots organizations working in politically and culturally conservative contexts. Tackling the Taboo is intended as a learning tool for practitioners, a guide for future research opportunities, a call to action for funders, and an advocacy tool for engaging in dialogue with policymakers and leaders. The report was produced by the CEFM and Sexuality Programs Working Group: American Jewish World Service (AJWS), CARE, CREA, Global Fund for Women, Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, GreeneWorks, International Center for Research, on Women (ICRW), International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), Nirantar Trust, Plan International, Population Council and Promundo-US. Download the Full Report and Summary Report in English, French and Spanish.

Me, We And The Machine - The Institute of Technology, Gender, Sexuality and Rights

9 December 2018
  “Till I was 17, I did not have a word for who I was, or could be. I did not know I was a transgender girl. But as a 16-year-old, I discovered the internet.”  Nadika, The Smartphone Freed Me | 13 August 2015, Millions of individuals and communities around the world today use technology to explore, express, navigate and advocate for their gender, sexuality and rights. Phones, simple or smart. Desktops. Smart watches. Tablets.In the digital age, our lives are no longer ‘physical only’. The way we live now is defined, to some extent or another, by technology. The tapestry of our lives has shifted from the physical world only to the physical + digital, spaces that weave in and out of each other like tangled balls of wool. As our lives seamlessly yin and yang in and out of the physical and the digital, so does our gender. Our sexuality. Our rights. In many cities and regions, queer communities first form online… then move offline, when it’s safe enough to do so. Think #queerlivesmatter Global protests and activism around gender-based harassment and violence erupt or are amplified in digital spaces. Think #metoo And many aspects of digital technology are giving rise to new rights claims and demands, including the right to be forgotten. Think #digitalrights It’s time for social movements to think more deeply about how technology intersects with sexuality, gender and rights. How can we shape the future instead of being shaped by it? That’s what Me, We And The Machine is all about. What Me, We And The Machine is a seven-day residential institute that dives deep into two big questions: How does technology shape and influence sexuality, gender and rights? How do sexuality, gender and rights inform and shape technology? Following the style and methodology of CREA’s flagship institute on Sexuality, Gender and Rights, this institute explores the intersection of theory and practice in the context of social movements. The institute will explore the following core concepts, linking them to advocacy, including rights-based claims and strategies that advance the goals of movements working on gender and sexuality: Technology as site and space (public, private, hybrid) Sexual expression as a key aspect of free expression Body becoming data, data becoming body Consent and privacy in the digital age Tools of control, from censorship to surveillance Online and offline harassment Artificial intelligence, rights and social justice Movements, activism and technology   When Me, We And The Machine is designed as a seven-day Institute of theory and practice, that will take place from 9-15 December, excluding travel.   Where Me, We And The Machine will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, during 9-15 December 2018. The venue is wheelchair accessible.   How Think. Relate. Play. Talk. See. Read. Shift. Me, We And The Machine is designed as a series of seven tracks - all of which explore these intersections through different pedagogies.   Who The Institute Me, We And The Machine is hosted by CREA and Point of View. CREA is a global feminist human rights organisation based in New Delhi, India. CREA works at the grassroots, national, regional and global levels to build feminist leadership, advance women’s human rights, and expand sexual and reproductive freedoms for all people. Point of View is a feminist non-profit based in Mumbai, India. We build and amplify the voices of women and other marginalized genders and remove barriers to voice, speech and expression. Gender and sexuality are at the heart of our work, as are disability and technology. Participants Only 30 participants will be selected for the institute, based on their application forms and their ability to demonstrate how they would apply the lessons of the Institute. Individuals working on issues of sexuality, Gender Based Violence, LGBTI rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, disability rights, and on the intersection of gender, technology and rights are eligible to apply. Participants are required to stay for the entire duration of the course. Travel and Visa Participants are responsible for incurring their travel costs to and from the Institute and obtaining their own visa. Please allot enough time to the visa application, as the process and timeline may take upto 30/40 days in some cases. Please do check the requirements for your country.   Registration Costs Registration and Course fees are due on or before 15 November 2018. Registration Fee: EUR 250. All selected applicants will have to pay this fee. Course Fee: EUR 1000. This covers tuition and resource package. Course fee does not include travel costs to and from the Institute venue for anyone. Scholarships A very small number of full and partial scholarships are available on a need basis. Please note that the scholarship process is competitive. Only individuals who meet all the following criteria are eligible to apply for a scholarship. • Working for national/local organisation in the global South; • Working and residing in the global South; and • Working on sexual rights, LGBT, sex workers' rights, and rights of people with disabilities, and gender and technology NOT ELIGIBLE: Students; individuals not affiliated with organisations; and individuals working with international organisations. Full Scholarship: Tuition, Resource Package, Accommodation and Meals Partial Scholarship: Tuition, Resource Package   You can also make a scholarship contribution to the institute by writing to us at:   Accommodation and Meals (Only if applying for full scholarship) Participants are expected to arrange their own accommodation and meals. For those who are interested, we have a few rooms booked at discounted rates that they can pay for directly. For those availing full scholarships, considerations have been made to ensure reasonable accommodation and accessibility. Selections Please submit your application as soon as possible. We will be selecting participants each week on a rolling basis, in order to begin the process of visa applications as well as seeking funding opportunities as soon as possible. Though the deadline to submit your application is 7 October 2018, early applications will be given priority, and thus we encourage you to apply much before the deadline. Funding opportunities We encourage participants to approach donors to sponsor their participation. Possible sources for funding include the organisation you work for, your organisation's donors (some funders will consider travel grants to current grantees), and donors who fund the emerging area of gender, technology and rights. We suggest that you begin researching options immediately upon submitting your application to us. Participating faculty Institute faculty will consist of scholars, researchers and practitioners who are recognised for their work at the intersections of technology, sexuality, gender and rights. Application deadline Applications are due on or before 7 October 2018. To apply online, click here. If you experience difficulty with the online method, download the application here, and e-mail the completed form to Sushma Luthra at Send any queries to Ms. Luthra as well. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by 20 October 2018.

Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute - Nepal, 2017

14 February 2017
Download the application form HERE.   CREA's Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute is an annual residential course--begun in 2007--which focuses on a conceptual study of sexuality and its application to program interventions. The Institute examines the links between sexuality, rights, gender, and health, and their interface with socio-cultural and legal issues. Participants critically analyse policy, research, and programme interventions using a rights-based approach. This year, the institute is being jointly organised by CREA, WHR and LOOM. This institute is for participants working in Nepal and will be focused on the Nepalese context.   Organisers:   CREA - CREA is a feminist human rights organisation, based in New Delhi, India. It is one of the few international women's rights organisations based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, which works at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels. CREA's mission is to build feminist leadership, advance women's human rights, and expand sexual and reproductive freedoms.    Women for Human Rights (WHR) - Women for Human Rights (WHR), Single Women's Group was set up in 1994 with the objective to address the rights of Single Women (widows) in Nepal. WHR works to raise the legal, social and economic status of single women and advocates for access to and benefit from legal and human rights justice. The organisation develops and enhances confidence, self-esteem and capabilities of single women to ensure their social inclusion in development activities at decision making levels."   LOOM - LOOM is a Feminist platform interconnecting generations of women, weaving stories, threading dreams, channelising aspirations and empowering women's movement as we foresee freedom.   Course Content: Sexuality is a complex field of study, which spans multiple disciplines and areas of work. Accordingly, the course content of the Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute will focus on a conceptual and theoretical study of sexuality, and its interconnectedness with gender, reproductive health, the law, sex work, conflict, migrations, caste, disability, diversities and human rights. Activists and academics will teach the course using classroom instruction, group work, case studies, simulation exercises, fiction, and films. All the sessions will be conducted in English.   Participants: For the Institute, 25-30 participants will be selected from all over Nepal, based on their application forms and their ability to demonstrate how they would apply the lessons of the Institute to the work they do. Individuals working on issues of sexuality, LGBT rights, sexual rights, sex workers rights, HIV/AIDS, violence against women, health, and/or gender are eligible to apply. Participants are required to stay for the duration of the course. Participants are required to be proficient in English.   Venue and Dates: The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from March  20 - 25, 2017. Participants are expected to arrive by 19th evening and leave on 25th after 4.00pm.   Accommodation and Travel: CREA will reimburse the cost of travel and provide accommodation/food for all participants during the institute. There are no registration fees for this institute.    Selection Process: Please submit your application as soon as possible. Participants will be selected on the basis of their application and work experience.   Core Faculty:   Pramada Menon is a queer feminist activist working on issues of gender, sexuality, sexual rights, women's human rights and organizational change management in India and internationally for more than three decades. She works as a consultant - trainer, facilitator, professional coach - to community based organizations as well as international NGOs and Foundations. She is the co-founder of CREA, a women's human rights organization based in New Delhi.  Pramada is also a stand up performance artist and a documentary film maker.   Shalini Singh is a feminist activists and lawyer. At CREA, Shalini designs and manages all Hindi training programs and institutes, which includes the annual Basic training on Gender and Sexuality, Feminist Leadership Institute and the Sexuality and Gender Rights Institute in Hindi. She is in-charge of developing resource materials in Hindi, and has been involved in various aspects of community based programs in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. Shalini is a trained counselor, with a background in social sciences and law.   Resource Faculty:   Chayanika Shah is a queer, feminist activist, researcher, and teacher. She has worked and written extensively on issues of the politics of population control and reproductive technologies, communalism, feminist studies of science, and sexuality and sexual rights. She has been an active member of two autonomous voluntary collectives in Mumbai -- Forum Against Oppression of Women and LABIA - A Queer Feminist LBT Collective.    Dipika Srivastava works as a Programme Coordinator with TARSHI. She has worked in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights for over seven years. She has a keen interest and experience in training and reproductive and sexual health related issues.     Jyotsna Maskay is a fun feminist. She draws her power and energy from the women's movement, and believes in using an inter-sectional approach to analysis. She cannot claim the knowledge extracted from women's experiences, but that has sharpened her experiences in areas of movement, women defenders, migration, violence based on gender, and among others. She has set up a feminist organisaton called LOOM that adopts a multi generational approach in interconnecting generations of activists. She loves dogs, and reading detective books.   Kamal Gautam, a graduate in Public Health is a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) activist. His professional experience includes working on issues of young people's sexual and reproductive health and rights, sexuality education and its advocacy. Mr. Gautam has been contributing to Comprehensive Sexuality Education and prepared a parallel school curriculum, and has been training students, young people and other stakeholders across Kathmandu valley and many parts of Nepal. Currently, he is working with International Medical Corps as SRH Program Officer and is also an active member of youth led and youth run organization called YUWA.   Sreekala MG is a human rights activist based in India. She has been involved with several civil society groups and movements in India for nearly two decades. As the former executive director of North East Network, a pioneer women's organisation in northeastern India, Sreekala has extensively worked on women's human rights in conflict situations at both local and regional levels. Engaged in research, training and advocacy on women's human rights, Sreekala is passionate about realisation of international human rights standards of women living in conflict situations. She is part of IWRAW -AP's pool of resource persons on CEDAW. Currently, she works as an independent consultant on women's human rights.   Meena Saraswathi Seshu is the General Secretary of SANGRAM, an organisation that works on the rights of sex workers and people living with HIV/AIDS. SANGRAM's Centre for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalisation (CASAM) advocates for the reduction of stigma, violence, and harassment of marginalised communities, especially those who have challenged dominant norms. Seshu is part of the UNAIDS Reference Group on Human Rights and HIV. In 2002, she was awarded the Human Rights Defender Award by the Human Rights Watch.   Ketki Ranade has a B.A. in Psychology from Mumbai University and M.A. in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She has done her MPhil degree from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore and her PhD degree from TISS, Mumbai. Ketki was awarded a research fellowship under the Health and Population Innovations Fellowship Program of Population Council, India (2006-08). She has worked as a mental health professional, researcher and advocate for almost a decade before joining TISS as faculty in 2010. Ketki has been a visiting faculty at University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2015).   Nirjala Bhattarai     Applications are due on or before February 28, 2017. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by March 3, 2017. Contact Person: Sushma Luthra; Email: