CREA Reflection on COVID-19

2 April 2020
We are here to rethink, reimagine and reboot, together.    We at CREA want to express solidarity with everyone with whom we work: our colleagues, networks, partners, and most importantly, the constituencies alongside whom we fight, and their partners and networks as well.    Public health is a feminist issue. We urge our governments to adopt a transformative, human rights approach in their COVID-19 response, with the wellbeing of all communities at the centre.    We are troubled by the specific and universal ways in which this crisis has exacerbated inequalities in our world. We reject the language of war, casteism, and ableism entrenched in much of the discourse surrounding COVID-19. We will continue to strive  for a world in which universal healthcare is guaranteed as a right; where our doctors, nurses, hospital workers, those in manufacturing and distribution, caregivers for the elderly and persons with disabilities, sanitation workers, store workers, the labourers who keep our power on, water flowing and streets clean, are protected and where all lives are valued.    Cross-movement and cross-border solidarity is more important than ever   Sex-workers, LGBTIQ persons, persons with disabilities, domestic workers and other daily-wage earners, are some of the groups who will be the worst affected by orders to self-isolate and stay home. We hope that all our efforts to support others in the coming weeks will include sex-workers and others who rely on daily wages, as well as all those who are unable to ‘self-isolate’ due to various social and economic circumstances, or because they need personal assistance.    Times of lock-down / curfew with heavy police or military presence can be especially difficult for sex-workers, LGBTIQ persons and other vulnerable communities, who remain criminalized in varying contexts and are subjected to social stigma.    For survivors of family violence, domestic violence and intimate partner violence, lock-downs can mean more exposure to violence. We need to create and strengthen bridges. Solidarity can save lives!    COVID--19 and ableism The pandemic has revealed the deeply-rooted ableism still prevalent in our societies. It is alarming that many governments, leaders and people seem to think that the lives of immunocompromised persons, the ageing population and persons with disabilities are not as valuable as others.    COVID-19 has resurfaced many popular ableist pseudoscientific theories of ‘the virus as a cure’ or as ‘course correction’. Theories of ‘overpopulation’ and ‘natural selection’ are repeated, as a way of making meaning during this chaotic and uncertain time. These outdated theories have been roundly disputed by decades of scholarship in multiple strands of the sciences, and they are steeped in fascist ideology and eugenics. Our environmentalism doesn’t have to be ableist!  Many day-to-day habits and conveniences for non-disabled people are being disrupted. This is a good moment for the rest of us to learn from disability rights movements. We can challenge normative ideas about ‘access’, ‘public space’ and who gets to participate. We can be proactive and familiarize ourselves with the online tools which make it possible for us to connect remotely with co-workers, families and friends.    Privacy, Security and Safety   We are aware that governments around the world are responding to the COVID-19 crisis with an increase in surveillance and militarization. Government responses to COVID-19 have relied on using facial recognition technology, credit and debit card histories, travel app histories and other kinds of personal technological data to follow the ‘contact chain’ of infected individuals. The normalization and indeed celebration of these tactics by governments and law enforcement institutions poses a significant challenge to ongoing advocacy on privacy and protection of data.    Armed forces and law enforcement are integrally involved in carrying out government response strategies in many contexts. A strict law-and-order approach is being taken in some places, where non-disclosure of potential exposure can mean criminalization and jail-time. Military involvement is especially unsettling in contexts where the military remains a symbol of violence and oppression.     We are concerned about the extent to which the ‘security state’ is being expanded in many of our countries, about ongoing and possible future human rights abuses, and what it means for governance after the ‘crisis’ period of the pandemic has passed.    In a time of devastation and isolation, we want to remain energized, alert and we want to hold on to hope. All our in-person meetings, convenings, Institutes and other gatherings are indefinitely postponed. We are trying to put as many of these online as possible and will make them accessible to you.   CREA will be hosting a series of online conversations on COVID-19; we will be discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the constituencies with whom we work, exploring the politics of the ‘essential’ with social scientists from the global South and interrogating the politics of pleasure, joy and desire in times of a pandemic. We will keep you informed!

Vacancy Alert: Manager – Programs and Innovation (Sexuality and Disability Program)

10 February 2020
Location: Global/Virtual Department: Programs and Innovation. The position reports directly to the Director of Programs and Innovation spearheading the Sexuality and Disability Program Employer: CREA   Organisational Profile 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.   Position Background The Manager Programs and Innovation (Sexuality and Disability Program) will be responsible for implementation of CREA’s national, regional and global portfolio of work on sexuality and disability as part of the Strategic Outcome Area Increase voice and visibility of marginalized women, girls and trans persons. CREA’s portfolio of work focuses on advancing inclusive and more visible advocacy and leadership by diverse persons with disabilities and to break down the stigmatizing frameworks and harmful systems of beliefs that marginalize women, girls and trans persons with disabilities.  Building on the pioneering human rights reforms proposed by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), CREA strengthens capacity, creates knowledge resources and supports public education to translate vision into practice. This position requires creative and analytical thinking, decision-making ability and skills that can ensure accessibility and reasonable accommodation for all those associated with CREA’s programs. The Manager -Programs and Innovation will report directly to the Director, Programs and Innovation spearheading the Sexuality and Disability Program and will also work closely with CREA’s Global Program Directors and Executive Director.   Guiding principles for this work Diversity– being inclusive in work and approaches to ensure that the most marginalized constituencies are engaged.   Accessibility– ensuring that information, communication, spaces and language are accessible to all without creating barriers.  Complicate– Insist on politics of deep inclusion Do no harm – ensuring the work does not cause tensions or stimulate political conflict between and within movements. Striving to ensure conversations and dialogues are authentic and movement/activist-led.   Key Responsibilities Advocacy Support broad-based advocacy across national, regional and global advocacy spaces, including the UN, to influence the advocacy narrative on disability, gender and sexuality in these forums. This will include capacity building for advocacy with various disability rights organisations and networks; technical support for reporting to various policy and treaty monitoring bodies and supporting meaningful inclusion of disability rights activists to participate in these processes. Identify new and/or better-leveraged opportunities for CREA’s and our partner’s participation in advocacy campaigns, special events, conferences, partnerships, and other international and regional forums that will help advance the advocacy goals articulated above. Convening Support CREA to convene dialogues based on intersectional rights issues bringing together activists from different movements to broaden understandings around disability, gender and sexuality and to forge partnerships and alliances to advance new forms of understanding on inclusion and rights. Leadership building Support the implementation of CREA’s Disability Sexuality and Rights Online Institute and in person Global Institute on Disability, Sexuality and Rights. Both seek to equip activists with disabilities and other advocates and allies with critical leadership skills and analytical tools to carry out transformative advocacy. In addition, support the design and conduct of capacity building initiatives at the national level, in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Kenya and Uganda Analytical tool building and information production Support the creation of tools and produce information that can be used by activists to bridge fault lines with other social movements, provide an intersectional analysis on critical rights issues and support transformative advocacy and ensure accessibility across a wide spectrum of disabilities.   Organisational Responsibilities Support Director, Programs and Innovations in the development and implementation of annual activity plans and budgets. Assist in planning and facilitation of CREA led events e.g. rethink evenings and campaigns Support grant management related functions including reporting to the donor Support development of proposals, concept notes and support the Resource Development team as needed. Support the Communications team in highlighting the program on different social media platforms Represent and present CREA's work at meetings, forums and conferences at the national, regional and global levels.   Key Qualifications  Graduate (Master's Degree preferred, or equivalent experience) in the area of /social science/ human rights/ international development with relevant issues based experience on advancing the rights of persons with disabilities. 7-10 years of experience. Preference will be given to applicants with experience with NGOs from the global South and/or international development organizations with experience working in multiple regions and contexts. Strong understanding of and experience   with disability rights and the sexual and reproductive rights of persons with disabilities, and a commitment to advancing these rights. Excellent writing skills in English and strong communication skills with both internal and external audiences. Detail oriented and takes initiative with an ability to self-motivate and produce high-quality products. Committed to ongoing professional learning and knowledge sharing with CREA staff.   Persons with disabilities who identify as women, gender non-conforming, non-binary and/or trans are strongly encouraged to apply. CREA promotes pluralism and equal opportunity and is committed to diversity in its staff and to the maintenance of an environment free of discriminatory employment practices. CREA's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals. No individual shall be discriminated against because of his or her actual or perceived age, caste, class, gender, disability, marital status, religion, or sexual orientation. Compensation will be based on experience and internal equity. A generous benefit package is included.   Interested candidates who meet the required educational and experience requirements should send their CV along with a cover letter, current and expected salary to by 20 February, 2020. Please include in the subject line the name of the position you are applying for.

Meri Panchayat Meri Shakti Training Manual

23 October 2019
Hand book for training of Elected Women Representatives from Panchayat CREA has published a manual for conducting trainings with elected women representatives under our 'Meri Panchayat Meri Shakti' program. The manual has eight sections which include introduction, gender, power, gender-based violence, social systems, leadership, feminist leadership and the Panchayati Raj. The manual has separate handouts at the end of each section for more details. This manual will support the trainers in conducting sessions with women groups in the community. The manual also includes pointers and suggestions for trainers which can help them with the trainings and aid them in understanding the Panchayati Raj through a feminist lens.   Purpose of the manual- CREA in collaboration with its partner organizations has been working in communities around feminist leadership since 2002. When Jharkhand had its first Panchayati Raj elections in 2010, many women candidates won and attained positions. However, these women didn’t have much knowledge about their rights, responsibilities and power. They neither went to the Panchayat meetings nor were they recognized as women leaders. CREA reached out to these elected women representatives (EWRs) and started working with them to analyze the challenges and restrictions faced by them. CREA introduced a feminist perspective and started engaging with these EWRs. This meant enhancing women’s participation as well as highlighting issues of women and adolescent girls at the Panchayati level. The the experience of working with a feminist lens at Panchayati level has been transformed into this training manual. This manual will altogether support in training the community to highlight issues of women and the marginalized in Panchayat meetings along with talking about the manner in which women representatives view the structure of Panchayati Raj, the role of power and gender and how the system can be connected with feminism along with an emphasis on the importance of feminist leadership. This manual can be used by all those who are working with women panchayat representatives.   To order copies of this manual without any charges- Please write to us at download your free soft copy here.     मेरी पंचायत मेरी शक्ति- पंचायत की निर्वाचित महिला प्रतिनिधियों का प्रशिक्षण फैसिलिटेटर के लिए हैंड बुक हमे यह बताते हुए ख़ुशी हो रही है की हमारे 'मेरी पंचायत मेरी शक्ति' प्रोग्राम के अंतर्गत निर्वाचित महिला प्रतिनिधियों के साथ ट्रेनिंग करने के लिए हमने एक मैन्युअल प्रकाशित की है। मैन्युअल मैं ८ सत्र शामिल हैं। इन सत्रों मैं सत्ता, जेंडर, सामाजिक व्यवस्थाएं, जेंडर आधारित हिंसा, नेतृत्व,  नारीवादी नेतृत्व  और पंचायती राज  को लेकर किस तरीके से समुदाय में बात करेंगे  इसके बारे में विस्तार से विवरण किया गया है। विभिन्न सत्रों से जुडी अधिक जानकारी के लिए हर सत्र के अंत मैं हैण्ड-आउट भी शामिल की गयी है। यह  मैन्युअल  प्रशिक्षकों को  समुदाय में महिला समूहों के साथ प्रशिक्षण करने में सहायक होगी। प्रशिक्षकों के सुविधा के लिए, प्रशिक्षण से पहले क्या तैयारी करनी है और किन किन चीज़ों का विशेष ध्यान रखेंगे, इसके बारे मैं भी बताया गया है। मैन्युअल की एक खास बात यह है कि इसमें पंचायती राज से जुड़े कामों को जेंडर और नारीवादी  नज़रिये से देखने की कोशिश की गयी है। पंचायती राज के ढांचे को महिला प्रतिनिधि किस रूप से देख रही हैं, उसमे सत्ता की क्या भूमिका है? जेंडर के पहलू कहाँ है? नारीवाद कैसे जुड़ा हुआ है? और नारीवादी नेतृत्व की क्या सम्बन्ध है? इसके बारे मैं बातचीत करना मैन्युअल का उद्देश्य है। इस मैन्युअल को वह सभी लोग इस्तमाल कर सकते हैं जो महिला पंचायत प्रतिनिधियों के साथ काम कर रहे हैं।  आशा है यह मैन्युअल आपके कार्य में उपयोगी सिद्ध होगा। यह मैन्युअल क्यों ? क्रिया वर्ष 2002 से अन्य संस्थाओं के साथ मिलकर समुदाय में महिला नेतृत्व पर काम कर रही है। जब झारखण्ड में वर्ष 2010 में पहली बार स्थानीय सरकार चुनाव हुआ तब स्थानीय शासन निकायों में महिला प्रतिनिधि चुनकर आयीं । परन्तु उनको उनकी ज़िम्मेदारी और अधिकार के बारे में ज़्यादा कुछ जानकारी नहीं थी। वे पंचायत की बैठकों  में नहीं जाती थीं, ना ही उनको महिला नेता का दर्ज़ा दिया जाता था। क्रिया ने इन निर्वाचित महिला प्रतिनिधियों के साथ जुड़ कर काम करना शुरू किया।  क्रिया ने इन महिलाओं पर होने वाली  रुकावट को समझा और अनुभव से महसूस किया कि सभी निर्वाचित महिलाओं के साथ नारीवादी नज़रिये से काम करने का तरीका बांटा जाए ताकि पंचायत के नेतृत्व में नारीवाद शामिल हो सके और महिलाओं और लड़कियों के मुद्दों को आगे बढ़ाया जा सके । पंचायत और नारीवादी नज़रिये से काम करने का अनुभव को समेट कर इसे एक प्रशिक्षण के टूल के रूप में तैयार किया गया है। हमें आशा है कि महिलाओं और हाशिये पे खड़े समुदाय के मुद्दों को कैसे पंचायत मैं मजबूत तरीके से सामने रखा जाए इसपर यह मैन्युअल सहायक होगी। बिना शुल्क के इस मैन्युअल के प्रतियां मंगवाने के लिए - कृपया हमे पर लिखे। इस मैन्युअल को आप बिना शुल्क के डाऊनलोड भी कर सकते हैं ।

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.