Introduction: CREA is a feminist human rights organisation founded in New Delhi, India, in 2000. It is one of the few international women’s rights organisations based in the Global South and led by Southern feminists, who work at the grassroots, national, regional and international level. CREA works to advance the rights of women and girls, and the sexual and reproductive freedom of all people. CREA has also experience in advocating for social change through national and international fora. The association organises several training courses and workshops for global activists through the Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute.
Objectives: The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute started organising the annual residential course in 2007. The course focuses on the study of sexuality and its applicability to programme interventions. Participants will be guided to examine the links between sexuality and rights, gender, health and their interface with socio-cultural and legal issues. Participants will critically engage with policy documents, research, and intervention schemes to assess different methodologies applied in different contexts.
Venue: The venue for the 2014 annual residency course has not been advertised yet. In 2013, the event took place in Istanbul (Turkey).
Dates: Not yet available, please check CREA website for updates
Eligibility: Only a maximum of 30 participants will be selected. Applications are invited from activists and NGO members working in the fields of sexuality, LGBT rights, sexual rights, HIV/AIDS, violence against women, health, and gender. Preference will be given to individuals working in the Global South at the national or local level to advance sexual rights.
Why it is important for NGOs to attend it: The course offered by CREA is one of the few specifically addressing individuals working on sexual rights/education in the Global South. The course will combine teaching with discussions and group work to diversify the educational offer. Participants will be given the unique opportunity of meeting, interacting and learning from each other in a highly international environment. Further, participants will gain first hand experience in approaching and critically engaging with policy documents to improve their capacity to deal with governmental bodies and officials. Lastly, participants will have the opportunity to start new collaborative ventures with other organisations working in the Global South on related topics.
Fees: Prices for the 2014 course are not given. Fees for the 2013 course were:
Registration Fee: $150
Course Fee: $2750 (this is a subsidised cost for participation, total cost would be approximately $4500). Course fee includes tuition, accommodation, and breakfast. Travel costs and catering are not included in the given costs.
There is a scholarship available for individuals working for national/local organisations in the Global South (no international organisations), residing in the Global South, and working on sexual rights, LGBT, and sexual workers rights. For a list of alternative funding opportunities, see here
Application deadlines: The application deadline will be advertised here once the call for application is issued.
How to apply: The application form will be available online here