Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute South Asia 2018

21 March 2018

Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute South Asia
13 - 20 May 2018
Kathmandu, Nepal
5th April 2018. 

To apply online, click here. If you experience difficulty with the online submission, please email Sushma Luthra at sluthra@creaworld.org.  

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

This year, the Institute in a new form and design, looks at engaging feminists from across the region to build a substantive understanding of our present – a time that is witness to the emergence of majoritarian 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 and standpoints across generations.
  • Build new and collaborative modes of resistance in the face of emerging configurations of power.

Pedagogy & Principles

A team of feminist activists from the global South teach at the Institute using classroom instruction, group work, theatre, simulation exercises, films, music and case studies.  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.


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


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

Core Faculty

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”.  Identity and caste are new areas of interest, while in the past she has worked with rural women and grassroots women leaders -building on their leadership and organisational strength.  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.

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 participating faculty will include other activists and academics from the region.


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 South Asia
  • 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--South Asia will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 13-20 May 2018. Participants are expected to arrive by 12 May 2018 and stay for the entire duration of the course. 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-sharing basis.


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, 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.