Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute - East Africa

11 October 2019
East Africa: Nairobi, Kenya

Applications are due on or before 16 August 2019.

To apply online, click here. If you experience difficulty with the online submission, download the application form here and email the completed form to Sushma Luthra at sluthra@creaworld.org. You can contact Sushma Luthra for any queries as well.


CREA’s ninth ‘Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute’ in East Africa is a residential programme, designed to strengthen feminist solidarity, leadership, advocacy, and strategies for building collective power for social transformation.


The Institute engages feminists from across the region to build a substantive understanding of our present – a time that is witness to the emergence of majoritarian, conservative ideologies; authoritarian  and populist formations with reduced bandwidth for dissent and dialogue; right wing ideologies with a shrinking space for dissent and dialogue; neoliberalism with new forms of economic injustices; and a growing regime of surveillance and censorship. The possibilities and challenges of digital and social media on the one hand, and the emergence of new modes of popular protest, and contestations around heteronormativity and able-bodied-ness on the other, are some of the realities that define the current context.  

The course will seek to encourage and enable participants to: 

  • Interrogate concepts such as nation, identity and development that affect our struggles and strategies by reshaping the discourse and practices of patriarchy and gender.  
  • Explore different forms of leadership through feminist journeys, histories/herstories/theirstories and standpoints across generations. 
  • Build new and collaborative modes of resistance in the face of emerging configurations of power. 

Pedagogy & Principles
The methodology used at the Institute is rigorous; the days will be packed with lectures, films, group work, and a lot of reading. Over the course of eight days, participants will be expected to work hard, but will also get to learn, enjoy, and forge new friendships and working relationships. 

The process of learning is based on four core pedagogic principles. 

Locate our everyday, ‘micro’ individual and organisational practices in the macro context of the larger women’s movement and of other struggles for gender equality and justice. 

Deepen curiosity and self-reflexiveness among participants by facilitating conversations that traverse geographies, generations and diversity of concerns and political standpoints. And allow us to even challenge some of our own assumptions.

Work through multiple embodied identities to make connections between our often contradictory experiences arising from diverse structures of power and hierarchy such as race and class, region and religion, nation and ethnicity.

Build solidarity across borders by bringing into focus a shared sense of being East African. This including a deeper understanding of our common heritage, historical inter-linkages as well as ruptures and differences. The idea is to explore together what constitutes East African and Pan-African Feminist practice -- both as an assumption and an aspiration.  

Core Faculty 
Solome Nakaweesi is an Pan-African feminist activist, active participant and analyst within the women rights, human rights, sexual rights and feminist movements in Uganda, Africa and Internationally. She has played a fundamental role in supporting the (re)emergence of progressive social movements and organizing in the Africa region, Eastern Africa Sub-Region and Uganda. Currently, as an International Development Consultant, Solome has been working on feminist movements and women’s rights organizing, sexuality and gender diversity, progressive social movement building, organisational development, transformative leadership, human rights and governance. Solome has a proven track record in kick starting, reviving, and running successful organizations, institutions and social movements that engage with cutting edge human rights and development work. She has previously worked as Executive Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) Executive Director of Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) and Chief Executive Officer of Nnabagereka Development Foundation (NDF). She has been at the centre of designing and implementation of a number of leadership development programmes and campaigns. This includes redesigning of the prestigious African Women’s Leadership Institute, developing and running of the Action-Aid International Women’s Leadership Development Programme 2010, and the Ji-SORT! Capacity Building Programme for East Africa, among many others. She is also a trainer and faculty member of numerous leadership programmes, including CREA’s Feminist Leadership Movement Building and Rights Institute (FLMBaRI), The African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) and lead facilitator for Akili Dada’s East Africa Young Women Feminist Leadership and Mentoring Initiative (EAYWLMI). Solome was nominated as the Ugandan Professional Woman of the Year 2006 by the British Council Leadership Forum, and in 2007 was featured in the film “Change Makers” as a transformative leader in Eastern African Sub-Region by Women Direct.

Dipta Bhog is a creative facilitator, who has over three decades of experience of working on issues of gender and education, women’s rights and development. She is a founder member of "Nirantar, A Centre for Gender and Education" in New Delhi. She has worked with rural women and grassroots women leaders -building on their leadership and organisational strength. Issues of identity and caste have been critical in her work in the field and in her engagements with education and curricula. She has conducted research on social science school textbooks in four states in India and has developed curriculum, textbooks, creative reading material, comic-books and digital installations to communicate feminist ideas and insights.  She also leads the South Asian Feminist leadership and Movement and Rights Building Institute for CREA.

Paromita Chakravarti is Professor, Department of English, Jadavpur University (JU) and has been Director, School of Women's Studies, and a convenor of the Cell Against Sexual Harassment at JU. She teaches drama, women's writing, queer and film studies and has worked on gender representation in school textbooks, sexuality education, women's higher education, women and HIV and AIDS. Closely associated with the women’s movement in Kolkata, she is active in the queer, sex worker, homeless and single women’s movements. She has introduced one of the first post-graduate courses in Queer Studies in the Department of English at JU. Her book, Women Contesting Culture, co-edited with Prof Kavita Panjabi was published in 2012. Dr. Chakravarti is also the founder member of the NGO “Ebong Alaap” which works on critical pedagogies and serves as board member of "Anjali" a NGO which works on mental health.

The visiting faculty will include other activists and academics from Africa.

To be selected to attend the Institute you MUST be: 

  • A woman or a trans person,
  • With a minimum experience of 3 years working on gender issues, women’s rights, development and/or youth activism (voluntary or paid)
  • Residing or working in Africa
  • Able to demonstrate how you will use what you learn at the Institute in your work and how you will continue to participate in follow-up activities
  • Proficient in English language, as the Institute is conducted in English and all the training and reference materials used will be in English

Venue and Dates
The Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute—East Africa will be held in Kenya from 11-18 October 2019. Participants are expected to arrive by 10th October 2019, stay for the entire duration of the course and; depart on 19th October 2019. Considerations have been made to ensure reasonable accommodation and accessibility for participants. The venue is wheelchair accessible. 

CREA will cover all the costs related to the selected applicant’s participation in the institute. This includes travel to the venue, tuition, accommodation and meals during the days of the institute. 
Accommodation will be on twin-room sharing basis.

Founded in 2000, CREA is a feminist human rights organization based in New Delhi, India. It is one of the few international women's rights organizations 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, girls, and trans persons, and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people. CREA advocates for positive social change through national and international fora, creates knowledge and resources to shift discourse, and provides training and learning opportunities to global activists and leaders through its Institutes.

To learn more about CREA, visit www.creaworld.org