Sexuality, Gender and Rights Institute - Nepal, 2017

14 February 2017

Download the application form 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, WHR and LOOM. This institute is for participants working in Nepal and will be focused on the Nepalese context.




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) - Women for Human Rights (WHR), Single Women's Group was set up in 1994 with the objective 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 is a Feminist platform interconnecting generations of women, weaving stories, threading dreams, channelising aspirations and empowering women's movement as we foresee freedom.


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 English.


Venue and Dates:

The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from March  20 - 25, 2017. Participants are expected to arrive by 19th evening and leave on 25th 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 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 activists 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:


Chayanika Shah is a queer, feminist activist, researcher, and teacher. She has worked and written extensively on issues of the politics of population control and reproductive technologies, communalism, feminist studies of science, and sexuality and sexual rights. She has been an active member of two autonomous voluntary collectives in Mumbai -- Forum Against Oppression of Women and LABIA - A Queer Feminist LBT Collective. 


Dipika Srivastava works as a Programme Coordinator with TARSHI. She has worked in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights for over seven years. She has a keen interest and experience in training and reproductive and sexual health related issues.



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.


Kamal Gautam, a graduate in Public Health is a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) activist. His professional experience includes working on issues of young people's sexual and reproductive health and rights, sexuality education and its advocacy. Mr. Gautam has been contributing to Comprehensive Sexuality Education and prepared a parallel school curriculum, and has been training students, young people and other stakeholders across Kathmandu valley and many parts of Nepal. Currently, he is working with International Medical Corps as SRH Program Officer and is also an active member of youth led and youth run organization called YUWA.


Sreekala MG is a human rights activist based in India. She has been involved with several civil society groups and movements in India for nearly two decades. As the former executive director of North East Network, a pioneer women's organisation in northeastern India, Sreekala has extensively worked on women's human rights in conflict situations at both local and regional levels. Engaged in research, training and advocacy on women's human rights, Sreekala is passionate about realisation of international human rights standards of women living in conflict situations. She is part of IWRAW -AP's pool of resource persons on CEDAW. Currently, she works as an independent consultant on women's human rights.


Meena Saraswathi Seshu is the General Secretary of SANGRAM, an organisation that works on the rights of sex workers and people living with HIV/AIDS. SANGRAM's Centre for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalisation (CASAM) advocates for the reduction of stigma, violence, and harassment of marginalised communities, especially those who have challenged dominant norms. Seshu is part of the UNAIDS Reference Group on Human Rights and HIV. In 2002, she was awarded the Human Rights Defender Award by the Human Rights Watch.


Ketki Ranade has a B.A. in Psychology from Mumbai University and M.A. in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She has done her MPhil degree from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore and her PhD degree from TISS, Mumbai. Ketki was awarded a research fellowship under the Health and Population Innovations Fellowship Program of Population Council, India (2006-08). She has worked as a mental health professional, researcher and advocate for almost a decade before joining TISS as faculty in 2010. Ketki has been a visiting faculty at University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2015).


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Applications are due on or before February 28, 2017. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by March 3, 2017.

Contact Person: Sushma Luthra; Email:

क्रिया द्वारा आयोजित ‘यौनिकता, जेंडर और अधिकार – एक अध्ययन’

20 February 2017

आवेदन पत्र आप  यहाँ से डाऊनलोड कर सकते हैं। 


कृपया अपने आवेदन पत्र को पर ई-मेल करें 

या इस पते पर पोस्ट करे:

क्रिया, 7 मथुरा रोड, दूसरी मंजिल, जंगपुरा बी, नई दिल्ली 110014

या इस नंबर पर फैक्स करें: +91-11-24377708

आप हमें इस नंबर पर कॉल भी कर सकते हैं: +91-11-24377707/24377700


ईमेल करने पर सब्जेक्ट में 'Application/आवेदन पत्र' अवश्य लिखें और पोस्ट या कूरियर भेजने पर भी लिफाफे पर 'Application/आवेदनपत्र' लिखें।

भरे हुए आवेदन की अंतिम तिथि: दिसम्बर 11, 2016

'यौनिकता, जेंडर और अधिकार - एक अध्ययन' क्रिया द्वारा संचालित, एक सप्ताह का आवासीय अध्ययन कार्यक्रम है। यह प्रशिक्षण, इस श्रृंखला की ग्यारहवा कड़ी है|इस कार्यक्रम में समुदाय आधारित संस्थाओं में कार्यरत महिलाओं को यौनिकता, अधिकार, जेंडर और प्रजनन स्वास्थ्य के वैचारिक सिद्धांतों से अवगत करवाया जाता है एवं उनके सांस्कृतिक, सामाजिक और कानूनी मामलों के बीच के जुड़ाव और परस्पर सम्बन्ध के बारे में जानकारी दी जाती है। इस कार्यक्रम में यौनिकता, जेंडर और अधिकार से सम्बंधित हिंदी संसाधन सामग्री उपलब्ध रहेंगे|


प्रशिक्षण विषय

  • यौनिकता व जेंडर
  • स्वास्थ्य व अधिकार
  • मानसिक स्वास्थ्य 
  • विकलांगता
  • यौन कार्य व जुड़े मुद्दे
  • जीविका और यौनिकता आदि


और पात्रता

वह सभी व्यक्ति जो खुद को महिला मानते हैं और जो गैर सरकारी संगठनों में या स्वतन्त्र एक्टिविस्ट के रूप में 

सामाजिक मुद्दों पर कार्य करती है, इस कार्यशाला के लिए आवेदन कर सकती हैं| आवेदन करने के लिए सामाजिक बदलाव के मुद्दों पर कम से कम 2 साल कार्य का अनुभव आवश्यक है| सभी सत्र और संसाधन हिंदी में होंगे अतः सभी प्रतिभागियों को हिंदी में पढना और लिखना आना आवश्यक है| आवेदन पत्र के आधार पर 25-30 प्रतिभागी चुने जायेंगे। सभी प्रतिभागियों को पूरे कार्यक्रम के दौरान कार्यक्रम स्थल पर ही रहना होगा। केवल चुने गए प्रतिभागियों को 15 दिसंबर 2016 तक चयन की सूचना भेजी जाएगी ।

मुख्य शिक्षकगण

प्रमदा मेनन एक क्वीयर नारीवादी एक्टिविस्ट हैं। वे जेंडर, यौनिकता और महिलाओं के मानव अधिकार मुद्दों पर कार्य कर रही हैं। प्रमदा क्रिया की सह संस्थापक भी हैं। वर्तमान में वे स्वतन्त्र सलाहकार के रूप में कार्य करती हैं एवं डॉक्युमेंटरी फिल्म भी बनाती हैं।


शालिनी सिंह महिला मुद्दों के क्षेत्र में गत 20 वर्षों से कार्य कर रही हैं एवं पिछले 12 साल से वे क्रिया के साथ कार्यरत करते हुए  सभी हिंदी प्रशिक्षणों को आयोजित और संचालित करती हैं | क्रिया के समुदाय आधारित कार्यक्रम में शालिनी महिला संस्थाओं के नेटवर्क के क्षमता वृद्धि का कार्य करते हुए, नारीवादी नेतृत्व, महिला हिंसा, जेंडर, यौनिकता और अधिकार से जुड़े कानून पर प्रशिक्षण देने का कार्य करती हैं। हिंदी प्रशिक्षण करने के साथ साथ क्रिया के सभी हिंदी प्रकाशनों और ट्रेनिंग मैन्युअल को लिखने, अनुवाद और प्रकाशन सम्बंधित कार्य भी शालिनी की जिम्मेदारी है | सामlजिक विज्ञान की शैक्षिक पृष्ठभूमि के साथ शालिनी एक वकील और प्रशिक्षित काऊंसलर है । 


अन्य शिक्षकगण

  • दीपिका श्रीवास्तव
  • चयनिका शाह
  • रत्नाबोलीरे 
  • दीप्ता भोग
  • अन्य 

प्रशिक्षण शुल्क

यह प्रशिक्षण निःशुल्क है| क्रिया सहभागियों के रहने व खाने का प्रबंध करेगी | आने जाने का टिकट (2nd A/C ट्रेन) का भुगतान भी क्रिया द्वारा किया जायेगा |

विशेष सूचना

आवेदन पत्र हमें दिसम्बर 11, 2016 तक या उससे पहले पहुँच जाने चाहिए| निर्धारित तिथि के बाद कोई भी आवेदन पत्र स्वीकार नहीं किये जायेंगे |केवल चुने हुए प्रतिभागियों को चुनाव की सूचना दिसम्बर 15, 2016 तक भेजी जायेगी| 


वर्ष 2000 में स्थापित, क्रिया नई दिल्ली में स्थित एक नारीवादी मानव अधिकार संस्था है। यह एक अंतर्राष्ट्रीय महिला अधिकार संस्था है, जो समुदाय, राष्ट्रीय, क्षेत्रीय और अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर काम करती है। मानव अधिकार आन्दोलनों और समूह के विभिन्न भागीदारों के साथ मिलकर क्रिया महिलाओं और लड़कियों के अधिकारों को आगे बढ़ाने और सभी लोगों की यौनिक और प्रजनन स्वास्थ्य व अधिकारों के मुद्दों पर कार्य करती है। क्रिया राष्ट्रीय और अंतर्राष्ट्रीय मंचों पर सकारात्मक सामाजिक बदलाव के लिए पैरवी करती है और दुनिया भर के सक्रियतावादी और पैरवीकारों को ट्रेनिंग और सीखने के अन्य मौके प्रदान करती है।


इस कार्यक्रम का आयोजन अमेरिकन ज्यूइश वर्ल्ड सर्विसेस के आर्थिक सहयोग से किया गया है। क्रिया इस सहयोग के लिए उनका धन्यवाद करती है।

Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute—South Asia

16 January 2017

Applications are due on or before 15 December 2016. To apply online, click here

If you experience difficulty with the online submission, click here to download the application and e-mail the completed form to Sushma Luthra at Send any queries to Ms. Luthra as well.

CREA’s Feminist Leadership, Movement Building, and Rights Institute-- South Asia is a week-long residential training programme, designed to strengthen feminist leadership, advocacy, and strategies for building collective power for social transformation in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Institute aims to build the conceptual clarity of participants on gender, feminism, feminist leadership, and movement building, and their links to human rights in the South Asian context. Looking at diverse movements in South Asia and globally, and by exploring the role of movement building, direct action and advocacy at different levels, participants will be able to critically analyse their own contexts and approaches at the local, country, and regional level. 

Course Content

The Institute will build:


  • Conceptual understanding of participants on gender, feminism, and movement building, and their links to human rights. 

  • Strategic skills by looking at and analysing some social movements and successful advocacy campaigns in South Asia.
  • Conceptual understanding of participants on privacy and security issues that will enable them to strategically and safely use online and offline communication tools for movement building.


Using a movement-building lens, the Institute will allow participants to build their knowledge on the theoretical underpinnings of movement building, synthesised from analyses of global movements. Additionally, participants will identify the different intersections, interactions, common spaces, and challenges that social movements encounter when collaborating on issues of women's human rights. From this, they will critically assess the pre-existing resources of the women's movement in the South Asia region. They will also identify and explore concrete strategies to strengthen links between movements to advance women's human rights more collectively.

A team of feminist activists from global South, who have done trailblazing work in the field of women's human rights, teach at this Institute, using classroom instruction, group work, case studies, simulation exercises, and films.


To be selected to attend the Institute you must:

  • Be a woman or trans* person, with a minimum of 3 years experience working on gender issues, women’s rights, development and/or youth activism (voluntary or paid)
  • Reside or work in South Asia
  • Be 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
  • Be 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 16-21 January 2017. The venue will be wheelchair accessible.


Tuition, accommodation and meals for the duration of the Institute will be covered by CREA. Participants have to cover their own travel expenses. A limited number of travel scholarships are available. 


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, trans and intersex 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.

Recommendation on UN Women's Approach to Sex Work, Sex Trade and Prostitution

17 October 2016

CREA, India along with All India Network of Sex Workers (AINSW), India, Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR), India and Lawyers Collective (LC), India and 43 sex worker-led community-based organisations jointly submitted a letter to UN Women as a response to its call on developing a policy on sex work, sex trade and prostitution.

Three regional consultations with sex worker groups were held in the eastern, western and southern regions of India with participants from West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana and this response is an outcome of it.

The participants of these consultations and other partner organisations are calling UN Women to ensure that the development of any policy decision by it on issues which directly or incidentally impact sex workers should to be made through meaningful and inclusive consultation with sex workers. The process should be well-planned and participatory with the engagement of sex worker organizations and sex workers as well as women’s rights organizations that support sex worker’s rights in various regions representing various class, race, ethnicity, health status, age, nationality, disabilities, and many other factors.

Click here to read the submission.

Response to the UN Women’s call on: “Consultation seeking views on UN Women approach to sex work, the sex trade and prostitution”

31 October 2016

This statement has been jointly prepared by 190 sex worker rights, women’s rights, and human rights organizations. It was written in response to UN Women’s call for submissions regarding UN Women’s policy on sex work.

The Statement is calling UN Women to meaningfully engage with a broad range of sex workers’ and women’s rights organizations in the policy development process. It focuses on five key recommendations for UN Women to consider in their policy development process:

  1. Develop the policy through a transparent and participatory process, engaging a diverse range of sex workers from the global South and North,
  2. Anchor the policy in human rights principles
  3. Distinguishing between sex work and trafficking
  4. Emphasize the importance of decriminalization and remove related punitive laws and policies
  5. Address all forms of violence against all sex workers

Click here to read the submission