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Joint Submission to UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

Thematic report on “Rape as a Grave and Systematic Human Rights Violation and Gender-based Violence Against Women”

 

In response to the call for submissions by the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences (SRVAW), CREA, Amnesty International, RESURJ, IWRAW-Asia Pacific and the Global Health Justice Partnership of Yale Law School and the Yale School of Public Health, submit this memorandum for consideration in the upcoming thematic report on “rape as a grave and systematic human rights violation and gender-based violence against women”, to be presented to the UN General Assembly in September 2020.

 

Our submission reaffirms states’ responsibility to address sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) as a grave and systematic human rights violation, but recommends that the report use a broader analytical frame that situates penal reform within more comprehensive approaches to combat SGBV, beyond prosecution and punishment. While the SRVAW rightly seeks to further elucidate states’ obligations to “prosecute and punish”, this focus would be more effective if criminal law responses were explicitly linked with other state due diligence obligations to prevent, remedy and redress SGBV.

 

The submitting organizations propose that the SRVAW’s report should ambitiously encompass more than an audit of criminal laws, by bringing a critical perspective to the role and the use of the criminal law as a matter of human rights, and in particular, the larger picture of the causes and consequences of SGBV; the full-range of states’ due diligence obligations (prevent, protect against, prosecute, punish, and provide redress for acts violence by state and non-state actors); the effectiveness of criminal laws in reducing incidence and prevention of SGBV; and the frequent exclusion of marginalized and criminalized individuals and groups from protection from violence. In any focus on prosecution and punishment for SGBV, a human rights consistent approach must grapple with the potential for abuse of the criminal law, as our experience has revealed a paradox: globally, there is a ratcheting up of criminal punishments for some SGBV crimes, unsupported by evidence of effectiveness, whereas in other cases, there is a lack of enforcement and punishment for SGBV.

 

Thus, we encourage the SRVAW to call for accountability for punitive state actions that have abusive or other discriminatory effects: when penal acts by the state are undertaken with the aim of combating SGBV but produce other injustices, or create the conditions for SGBV and other injustices to thrive, equality for women is undermined. Broadening the scope of analysis within the SRVAW’s report and more generally to approaches to preventing and halting SGBV is critical to achieving gender justice, as well as consonant with states’ non-discrimination obligations.

 

Read the full submission here.

Vacancy Alert - Grants Writer (two days a week/part time)

Position: Grants Writer (two days a week/ part-time)

Location: Virtual/ Working remotely

 

Organizational 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.

 

Scope and Responsibilities

The Grants Writer is a part time position that reports directly to the Director – Resource Development. The Grants Writer will be responsible for researching, collating information and writing grant applications.

The Grants Writer duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Write clear, compelling letters of inquiry, concept notes, grant proposals to donors, including supplemental materials (e.g., theory of change, case studies and any other).
  • Write high-impact program reports and updates to donors.
  • Assist in developing annual reports, newsletters, and brochures.
  • Participate (as required) in relevant meetings and workshops for developing the documents
  • Work with programme team members to research, compile programmatic information and data.
  • Work with Resource development team to complete assigned tasks within the deadlines.
  • Develop a deep understanding of program content to ensure integrity and quality of proposal writing.
  • Contribute to other program writing whenever assigned.

 

Experience/Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to write successful grant proposals.
  • Knowledge of human rights especially on women’s rights, sexuality and gender.
  • Detail-oriented, organized, deadline-driven.
  • Clear, precise and compelling writing skills.
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently with purpose and accuracy in a fast-paced environment.

 

CREA promotes pluralism and equal opportunity, and is committed to diversity in its staffing 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, disability, marital status, religion, or sexual orientation. Compensation will be based on experience and internal equity.

 

Interested candidates who meet the required educational and experience requirements should send their CV along with a cover letter, current and expected salary and writing samples of grant proposals to jobs@creaworld.org by 31 May 2020. Please include in the subject line the name of the position you are applying for.

Only short-listed candidates will be called for an interview.

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

  1. Diversity– being inclusive in work and approaches to ensure that the most marginalized constituencies are engaged.  
  2. Accessibility– ensuring that information, communication, spaces and language are accessible to all without creating barriers. 
  3. Complicate– Insist on politics of deep inclusion
  4. 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.
  5.  

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 jobs@creaworld.org 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 crea@creaworld.org.or 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 crea@creaworld.org पर लिखे। इस मैन्युअल को आप बिना शुल्क के डाऊनलोड भी कर सकते हैं ।

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