Applications Open - SGRI Exploring Theory & Practices, Nepal

22 January 2018

Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute: Exploring Theory and Practices, Nepal


March 19-24, 2018

For application form in ENGLISH, download here
For application in Nepali, click 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, Women for Human Rights and LOOM. The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute in March 2018 will be held in Nepali.



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 is an organisation set up in 1994 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 works towards harnessing the collective power of women through multi -generational activism, where activists across ages and experiences connect, organise and transform structures that obstruct our equality. Registered in 2010, we are a platform that recognises the diversity and intersection of Nepali women and collaboratively engages to dismantle the power hierarchy, sustain activism, and build progressive movements. Loom is a group of individuals and organisations dedicated to movement building, young women’s leadership, Sexuality and bodily integrity, LBT rights and feminist politics of the Internet. LOOM works at local and national levels.

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.



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 Nepali.



Venue and Dates:

The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from March 19 - 24, 2018. Participants are expected to arrive by 18th March evening and leave on 24th March 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 relevant 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 activist 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:


Amuda Mishra is an innovative feminist working with young women and girls to strengthen their leadership through entrepreneurship, capacity building, and gender inclusive leadership approach. Amuda is keen on developing learning materials and facilitating workshops on leadership, gender, and sexuality towards strengthening young women and girl’s leadership. Amuda is the Founder & Executive Director of Ujyalo Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on advancement of girls and young women and their ideas. Amuda Mishra graduated with an M.P.H degree from the University of Colorado-Denver in 2013.


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.


Kripa Basnyat is a staunch and passionate feminist working on women’s economic, social and cultural rights, peacebuilding, gender equality and social inclusion through collective movement building, leadership development and capacity strengthening in the global South. She has worked in a feminist human rights organisations and network bringing intersectionality approach and development agencies on democracy and governance through collaborative leadership and advocacy. She graduated with M.A in Politics (specialisation in International Relations) from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).


Paridhi Acharya is learning to become a feminist by working on the issues of gender, sexuality and gender based violence. Her recent work experience was with International Medical Corps where she worked for gender based violence program. She has also been giving training to youth groups on sex, gender and sexuality of various youth organizations in the country. She has completed her Masters’ on Gender Studies from Tribhuvan University. She recently collaborated with a transgender woman to make a digital story on her.


Sambida Rajbhandari is a passionate Story-Teller, Writer, Editor, Translator and Transcriber. She has an outstanding interpersonal, communication and networking skills. She is versatile and has multi-tasking capability working as Feminist Practitioner. She is experienced in outreach, documentation and program management and is fascinated with Art, Literature and music.


Shubha Kayastha is a feminist and a sexual right advocate with an academic background on gender studies. Currently a freelance consultant, she works around the issue of sexual and reproductive health and sexuality within Nepal and in the Asia-Pacific region. She is co-founder of ‘Body & Data’ which works in the intersection of gender, sexuality and digital technology. She has also been working in the area of sexuality and disability too. You can find her in Twitter at @shubha_a.


Sumeera Shrestha is an energetic feminist working in the issues of single women, gender based violence, peace and conflict, social inclusion, economic empowerment and leadership in right based approach for more than a decade. As a woman rights advocate with the academic background on development studies and economics, she is keen on the gearing momentum of Women's movement through multi-dimensional approach of intersection and collaboration. She is Executive Director of Women for Human Rights Single Women Group(NGO), Co-founder of Nispakshya (alliance of Conflict Affected Women in Nepal) and Founder of GyanBodh Research and Development Services.


Kailash Rai is a freelance researcher, who worked in various development organizations in different capacities. She is the author of Aadibasi Janajati Mahilaka Sangathan, Aandolan ra Lekhan (2074) and the editor of another book— Pahichanko Khoji: Aadibasi janajati Mahilako Samajik, Samskriti ra Rajnaitik Sandarbha [2016-2073]  (2073 v.s.). She holds MA in Political Science from Tribhuvan University. She also worked at Martin Chautari (MC) as an employee for a decade. As a researcher, she has worked on various theme such as food crisis in Karnali, social inclusion-exclusion in Nepal; Maoist ex-combatant, and democracy and governance.


Sarita Lamichhane is a visually impaired woman and works actively as a disability rights activist. She is the founder of Prayatna Nepal which empowers blind women to take their own life in hand. Sarita is the Executive Member of Association of Youth Organisations in Nepal (AYON) and Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA). She loves to create poem and read novel.


Sujan Panta is a lawyer and holds Master Degree in Law LL.M in international law. He has been working for LGBTI rights for more than seven years. He often writes on LGBTI issues and has been one of the lawyer strongly advocating for legalization of same sex marriage in Nepal.


Applications are due on or before February 18, 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by February 28th, 2018.


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