Our Institutes & Trainings
CREA conducts nine Institutes and trainings, in English and Hindi, on a range of issues for participants across the world.
Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—East Africa
CREA provides training on feminist leadership and movement building to representatives of women-led organisations and women activists in East Africa (Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Somaliland, Tanzania, and Uganda). This week-long course is known as the Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—East Africa. It builds the leadership skills of the participants and enhances their understanding of the concepts, political frameworks, strategies, and history of social movements. It also provides them knowledge about the theoretical underpinnings of movement building, based on analyses of global movements, and about the ways they can apply this to their work. The aim is to improve their work and strengthen the region’s feminist and women’s movements.
Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—South Asia
CREA’s Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—South Asia is designed for women working in South Asian non-governmental organisations. This annual five-day residential training programme builds their conceptual understanding of gender, feminism, human rights, and movement building in the South Asian context. Activists and academics from the global South teach the course using classroom instruction, group work, case studies, simulation exercises, and films.
Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—Middle East and North Africa
CREA’s work in the Middle East and interactions with partner organisations highlighted the need for greater knowledge and capacity building on feminism, gender, movement building, and human rights for women activists and representatives of non-governmental organisations in the region. In response, CREA decided to organise the Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute—Middle East and North Africa, led by experts in the thematic areas covered. Along with providing capacity-building training and resource materials, CREA disseminates case studies of successful strategies used by women to confront violence in conflict-ridden countries and to contribute to peace building through non-violence.
Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—Global
The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—Global is an annual week-long residential programme, which helps the participants examine and better understand the interface between sexuality, gender, and human rights, and their links with the related fields of development and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The participants critically examine how various programmes, strategies, and practices in the field of SRHR affirm or violate the rights of individuals. The Institute’s international faculty draws from different social science disciplines, and uses a mix of pedagogical methods to help participants reflect on theory and practice. The participants regularly report being deeply affected in their personal and professional lives by our Institutes.
Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—India (English)
The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—India (English) is similar to the Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—Global in its rationale and objective. But, it is distinct in two aspects. First, it brings the Institute to global South. For too long, the global North has been considered the centre of knowledge and clearinghouse for ideas. Second, it provides opportunities to Indian women to focus deeply on issues of sexuality, gender, and rights in the specific context of their lives and work.
Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—India (Hindi)
The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—India (Hindi) or ‘Yaunikta, Gender aur Adhikar—Ek Adhyayan’ is an annual week-long Institute in Hindi on sexuality, gender, and rights. It has been designed for women development workers from community-based organisations in India to enhance their understanding of concepts related to sexuality, gender, and human rights. It makes available resource materials in Hindi on these issues. It also looks at ways in which this understanding can be incorporated in participants' area(s) of work.
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.
Leadership Institute on Peace and Security
The Leadership Institute on Peace and Security provides training to women human rights defenders and representatives of organisations working on women’s peace and security to use feminist leadership principles in their work. It aims to create a cadre of leaders who would advance feminist principles and women's rights in their ongoing work on peace and security. The Institute provides opportunity for participants to learn about the concepts of feminist leadership and movement building, and link these concepts to their practice on peace building and security. The Institute, held annually, brings together 25–30 people from the two key constituencies and addresses both contextual and operational gaps that exist within current efforts and movement on women’s peace and security.
Basic Training on Sexuality, Gender, and Rights in Hindi
The Basic Training on Sexuality, Gender, and Rights in Hindi is a five-day training programme, which builds a ‘basic’ or preliminary understanding of issues related to sexuality, sexual rights, gender, and human rights, and their interconnections. It is aimed at women working with community-based organisations in India, with no or little prior experience of working on these issues. It helps create a space for them to challenge their assumptions and preconceived notions, and provide them with useful resources, which can inform their work at the community level.