Public Education and Advocacy

Know Your Rights and Resources Campaign (US)

The Know Your Rights and Resources Campaign (US) was launched in 2004, and set out to inform South Asian immigrant women of their rights and resources in the United States. Often, women immigrate to the United States without knowing what rights they have, especially with regard to domestic violence, employment opportunities, healthcare, and safety. Nor do they know of the organisations that they can go to for help once in the country. Through this campaign, CREA provided South Asian women with accessible print information in English and other South Asian languages on immigrant women’s rights in the United States and contact information for organisations specifically working on these issues within South Asian communities.

Check out Know Your Rights: Domestic Violence in the United States—A Resource for South Asian Women, a booklet published by CREA, in collaboration with Narika and Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, with support from the Family Violence Prevention Fund. This booklet is available in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Punjabi, and Urdu.

 

The Inter South Dialogue

The Inter South Dialogue was an effort to link the discourses on sexual rights and reproductive rights between organisations working in Latin America and South Asia. In February 2005, CREA, INFORM, MASUM, North East Network, SAMA, and TARSHI organised a meeting called South-South Movement Building: Strategic Dialogue on Reproductive and Sexual Rights. This meeting brought participants from Chile, Peru, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and India together to initiate conversations, discuss strategies, and build alliances on issues of sexual and reproductive rights. Inter South Dialogues is a report that documents the discussions from this consultation.

As part of this Dialogue, a working paper on Sexual Rights and Social Movements is being developed. This paper attempts to explore the emerging discourse on sexual rights in India and examines the ways in which movements and organisations have used the articulation of sexual rights within their work.

 

The Subaltern Voices Seminar Series

The Subaltern Voices Seminar Series provided a forum for women leaders from the global South—activists, academics, and advocates—to speak to audiences in the United States on issues of women’s human rights from feminist, Southern-based perspectives. The six speakers in 2006 and 2007 and the titles of their talks were as follows:

  • Nivedita Menon, Ph.D. Associate Professor in Political Science, University of Delhi: ‘Quarrels and Solidarities: Feminist Politics in India Today’

  • Shilpa Phadke, independent researcher and associate, Gender and Space Project, PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge Action & Research), Mumbai: ‘You can be Lonely in a Crowd: Gendering Risk in Mumbai’

  • Meena Seshu, General Secretary, SANGRAM, Sangli, India: ‘Discomfort and Solidarity: The Prostitution Challenge for Social Movements’

  • Shohini Ghosh, Ph.D. Professor of Video and Television Production at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi: ‘False Appearances and Mistaken Identities: the Phobic and the Erotic in Bombay Cinema’ and ‘The Ethics and Politics of Surveillance: New Information Practices and our Private Lives’

  • Pramada Menon, Director Programs, CREA, New Delhi: ‘Sexuality before Gender or Gender before Sexuality: Working as a Trainer across Cultures’

  • Noelene Nabulivou, Coordinator of Women's Action for Change, Fiji: ‘(Big) Work, (Small) Spaces: Intersectional and intergenerational work in Oceanic Pacific communities’

 

Aiguardent, dance-theatre production by Marta Carrasco

In 2011, CREA organised the India premier of Aiguardent, an award-winning dance-theatre production created, directed, and performed by Catalan contemporary artist Marta Carrasco. Aiguardent is a journey into human solitude, ruled by passion, anger, and innocence.

 

Made By Women Film Festival

Organised by Point of View and CREA in 2004 and 2005, in association with the Federation of Film Societies of India, Made by Women was India’s first international women’s film festival. The festival showcased award-winning features, documentaries, animation, and short films made by women directors from around the world, to celebrate the talent, spirit, and drive of women in cinema.

 

Celebrating Human Rights, Film Festival and Music Concert

As part of the Delhi events of the International Campaign to Stop Violence against Women and Girls, CREA helped organise Celebrating Human Rights, a film festival and music concert, at Ramjas College in New Delhi in 2004. This two-day event, organised in collaboration with TARSHI, Films For Freedom, and Ramjas College (University of Delhi), explored the links between gender, sexuality, disability, conflict, violence, and rights.

 

Waking the American Dream, Performance by Sarah Jones

In 2003, CREA and TARSHI, in collaboration with Point of View and Swayam, organised performances of Waking the American Dream, a play written, directed, and performed by Sarah Jones in three cities of India. This was part of CREA’s Celebrating Diversity Campaign. This play is a powerful exploration of the complexities of identity and freedom in immigrants' lives in the US.

 

Slam Poetry

Originally composed by the performer, slam ranges from social commentary to political poetry, often cutting, gripping, and, in most cases, soul searching. Sarah Jones and Tony Award-winner Steve Colman performed Slam Poetry in Delhi and Mumbai in 2003.

 

Orgasmo Adulto Escapes From The Zoo, Play by Dario Fo and Franco Rame

In 2002, Delhi saw the play Orgasmo Adulto Escapes from the Zoo, written by Dario Fo and Franco Rame, and performed by the Artiste’s Repertory Theatre from Bengaluru. The play focussed on issues related to the sexual rights of women. As part of the event, there was a painting and sculpture exhibition by young women artistes. This was a collaborative effort between CREA and TARSHI.

 

Art and Activism: A Lecture–Demonstration by Dr Ananya Chatterjea

Dr Ananya Chatterjea, a renowned Odissi dancer and activist, presented a lecture–demonstration in 2002. It brought out the difficulties of producing creative work on women’s issues that aims at social change.

 

Dance Me To My Song, Film Screening

Directed by celebrated filmmaker, Rolf de Heer, the film Dance Me To My Song presents the challenges faced by a young disabled woman as she explores her sexuality. In 2002, CREA helped organise this screening, as an effort to create visibility on issues of disability and sexuality when talking about violence against women.

 

In The Flesh, Film Screening

Through the depiction of the lives of three people in prostitution, the documentary In The Flesh shatters many of the assumptions that people have on sex workers. In 2002, CREA organised a Delhi screening and a stimulating discussion with the filmmaker.

 

Women Can’t Wait, Performance by Sarah Jones

In 2001, CREA, in collaboration with seven other Indian NGOs, organised the performance Women Can’t Wait, written and performed by Sarah Jones, a Broadway star, and directed by Gloria Feliciano. ‘Women Can’t Wait’ was commissioned by Equality Now, as part of its international campaign against discriminatory laws against women. Twenty performances were organised across five cities in India, in collaboration with Communication for Development and Learning (CDL), Point of View, Nalamdana, Sanhita, Swayam, TARSHI, and Vacha.

 

Colour Your Dreams Campaign

In 2000, eight organisations—Breakthrough, CEDPA, CREA, DFID India, IFSHA, NAZ Foundation (India) Trust, Point of View, Population Council, and Tarshi—came together to break gender stereotypes and provide role models for young women to expand their life choices. A film made for the campaign, Colour Your Dreams, was shown on several Indian television channels on International Women’s Day (8 March), and postcards were distributed at numerous public venues and schools in India.