Advance Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

CREA believes that sexuality is a core dimension of being human. And, for sustainable development, women and girls must have the freedom, the power, and the support to demand and access their sexual and reproductive rights. They must be able to take, and give consent to, decisions around their bodies and lives, such as choose when and whom to have sex with; decide if and with whom to get married; choose when and if to have children; and determine when and what health and other information and services they require and access them. They must not face violence, discrimination, or exclusion because of the choices they make.

 

CREA works to empower women and girls to make informed decisions about their bodies and sexuality by providing them information and training on various issues related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). CREA also aims to fill the gap that exists in knowledge, scholarship, and action among activists, researchers, policymakers, academics, donors, and the media on these issues. We influence, monitor, and help implement laws, policies, and practices that affirm women’s human rights and the sexual rights of all people.

 

  • Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—Global
  • Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—India (English)
  • Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—India (Hindi)
  • Sexual Rights Initiative at the United Nations Human Rights Council
  • It’s My Body: Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescent Girls Through Sports
  • Basic Training on Sexuality, Gender, and Rights in Hindi
  • Feasibility Study to Assess the Use of ICT to Deliver Sexual and Reproductive Health Information to Adolescent Girls in Uttar Pradesh
  • Developing TVET, HE and training on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in the health and population sector in Bangladesh
  • Reproductive Health Matters—Hindi journal
  • Resources on Adolescent SRHR

 

Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—Global

The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—Global is an annual week-long residential programme, which helps the participants examine and better understand the interface between sexuality, gender, and human rights, and their links with the related fields of development and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The participants critically examine how various programmes, strategies, and practices in the field of SRHR affirm or violate the rights of individuals. The Institute’s international faculty draws from different social science disciplines, and uses a mix of pedagogical methods to help participants reflect on theory and practice. The participants regularly report being deeply affected in their personal and professional lives by our Institutes.

 

Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—India (English)           

The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—India (English) is similar to the Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—Global in its rationale and objective. But, it is distinct in two aspects. First, it brings the Institute to global South. For too long, the global North has been considered the centre of knowledge and clearinghouse for ideas. Second, it provides opportunities to Indian women to focus deeply on issues of sexuality, gender, and rights in the specific context of their lives and work.

 

Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—India (Hindi)

The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—India (Hindi) or ‘Yaunikta, Gender aur Adhikar—Ek Adhyayan’ is an annual week-long Institute in Hindi on sexuality, gender, and rights. It has been designed for women development workers from community-based organisations in India to enhance their understanding of concepts related to sexuality, gender, and human rights. It makes available resource materials in Hindi on these issues. It also looks at ways in which this understanding can be incorporated in participants' area(s) of work.

 

CREA is committed to, and particularly proud of, its Institutes conducted in Hindi. For too long, non-English speakers have been left out of discussions about issues of sexuality, gender, and human rights. This has been a double loss—to the world for missing out on important points of view, and to Hindi speakers for missing out on the global discourse. The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—India (Hindi), as well as other Hindi Institutes, remedy this loss.

 

Sexual Rights Initiative at the United Nations Human Rights Council

Since 2005, CREA has been part of a global collaboration, called the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI). SRI works at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to establish an expanded notion of gender and sexual rights and to increase participation of global South activists at the Council. The SRI is presently comprised of Action Canada for Population and Development, Canada; Akahatá, Latin America; Coalition of African Lesbians, Africa; CREA, India; Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Egypt; and the Federation for Women and Family Planning, Poland.

 

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It’s My Body: Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescent Girls Through Sports

Building on its work in the fields of gender, sexuality, reproductive health and rights, and women's rights, CREA, through its It’s My Body programme, works to strengthen the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of adolescent girls in India through sports. The programme enhances access to public spaces and provides SRHR information to young girls (12-16 years) using sports as an entry point. Use of sports allows CREA to address and increase bodily autonomy among young girls, enabling them to exert greater control over their bodies. This helps them to make their own decisions related to their bodies, health, and lives. Use of sports also strengthens girls’ team working and leadership capacities, and enhances their mental and physical well-being and self-esteem.

 

CREA is currently implementing the programme in collaboration with 15 community-based partner organisations in eight rural districts across Bihar, Jharkhand, and Uttar Pradesh. By 2016, the programme aims to reach out to over 6000 adolescent girls, directly and indirectly. The programme has three components:

  • Sports and knowledge-building sessions with kishori (girls) groups on SRHR topics such as self-esteem, gender norms, body image, violence, and human rights.
  • Engagement with community stakeholders, such as parents of the girls, local health service providers, teachers, panchayat members, and district-level officials, through meetings, in-school events, and block- and district-level events.
  • Increased access to resources on SRHR for Hindi-speaking activists and organisations by producing and disseminating materials in Hindi. 

 

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Basic Training on Sexuality, Gender, and Rights in Hindi

The Basic Training on Sexuality, Gender, and Rights in Hindi is a five-day training programme, which builds a ‘basic’ or preliminary understanding of issues related to sexuality, sexual rights, gender, and human rights, and their interconnections. It is aimed at women working with community-based organisations in India, with no or little prior experience of working on these issues. It helps create a space for them to challenge their assumptions and preconceived notions, and provide them with useful resources, which can inform their work at the community level.

 

Feasibility Study to Assess the Use of ICT to Deliver Sexual and Reproductive Health Information to Adolescent Girls in Uttar Pradesh

CREA is exploring the feasibility of using Information Communication Technology (ICT) to share information on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) with adolescent girls in Uttar Pradesh, India. This would be a first-of-its-kind platform in Hindi, covering a broad range of basic SRH issues. The feasibility study will test this concept of delivering SRH information through mobile phones in rural, peri-urban, and urban districts of Uttar Pradesh, where mobile phone use is widespread and increasing day-by-day, particularly among the youth. According to Census 2011, 67% households in Uttar Pradesh use mobile phones and landlines (India 63%), of which 61% use only mobile phones (India 59%).

 

There is an urgent need to break the silence that exists on these issues, and provide adolescent girls much-needed, simple, and clear information about SRH, in an easily accessible way. CREA’s ICT platform aims to deliver accurate SRH information through mobile phones—a platform that is anonymous, private, and non-judgmental. This would provide adolescent girls the freedom to get the information they need, in their own language, and to ask questions they would otherwise feel too shy to ask. The platform will be dialogue based, interactive, and participatory.

 

Developing TVET, HE, and Training on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in the Health and Population Sector in Bangladesh

CREA, as part of a consortium, is working on a project entitled ‘Developing TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training), HE (Higher Education), and Training on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in the Health and Population Sector in Bangladesh’. MDF Training and Consultancy BV, a global training and consultancy agency, is the lead agency in the consortium. The other partners are Rutgers WPF, renowned centre of expertise on sexual and reproductive health and rights, and Radboud University, The Netherlands.

 

The consortium is designing a new SRHR curriculum for sandwich courses in vocational training settings at National Institute of Population Research and Training (NIPORT), Reproductive Health Services Training and Education Program (RHSTEP), and other core SRHR stakeholders in Bangladesh. These sandwich courses consist of periods of study and work to help students to also get practical experience. CREA will facilitate the membership of the Centre for Gender and Social Transformation, BRAC University, Bangladesh, to the global network of Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institutes (SGRI–Global).

 

Reproductive Health Matters—Hindi Journal

Since 2006, CREA has collaborated with Reproductive Health Matters, UK, to produce the journal Reproductive Health Matters in Hindi. It is the only peer-reviewed Hindi journal on sexual and reproductive health and rights and human rights.

 

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Resources on Adolescent SRHR

In order to address the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of adolescent girls, CREA has produced a set of five short primers in Hindi, which cover:

  • Sexuality
  • SRHR of Young Girls
  • Reproductive Health and Rights
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Criminalisation

 

They focus on these issues through the concepts of consent, choice, and agency. The primers have been derived from Reproductive Health Matters—Hindi, CREA's annual journal in Hindi on SRHR and human rights. The primers provide information in clear, easy-to-understand language to make them more accessible to young girls.

 

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