Vacancy Alert: Manager – Programs and Innovation (Sexuality and Disability Program)
10 February 2020
Location: Global/Virtual Department: Programs and Innovation. The position reports directly to the Director of Programs and Innovation spearheading the Sexuality and Disability Program Employer: CREA Organisational Profile 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 and girls, and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people. CREA advocates for positive social change through national and international fora, and provides training and learning opportunities to global activists and leaders through its Institutes. Position Background The Manager Programs and Innovation (Sexuality and Disability Program) will be responsible for implementation of CREA’s national, regional and global portfolio of work on sexuality and disability as part of the Strategic Outcome Area Increase voice and visibility of marginalized women, girls and trans persons. CREA’s portfolio of work focuses on advancing inclusive and more visible advocacy and leadership by diverse persons with disabilities and to break down the stigmatizing frameworks and harmful systems of beliefs that marginalize women, girls and trans persons with disabilities. Building on the pioneering human rights reforms proposed by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), CREA strengthens capacity, creates knowledge resources and supports public education to translate vision into practice. This position requires creative and analytical thinking, decision-making ability and skills that can ensure accessibility and reasonable accommodation for all those associated with CREA’s programs. The Manager -Programs and Innovation will report directly to the Director, Programs and Innovation spearheading the Sexuality and Disability Program and will also work closely with CREA’s Global Program Directors and Executive Director. Guiding principles for this work Diversity– being inclusive in work and approaches to ensure that the most marginalized constituencies are engaged. Accessibility– ensuring that information, communication, spaces and language are accessible to all without creating barriers. Complicate– Insist on politics of deep inclusion Do no harm – ensuring the work does not cause tensions or stimulate political conflict between and within movements. Striving to ensure conversations and dialogues are authentic and movement/activist-led. Key Responsibilities Advocacy Support broad-based advocacy across national, regional and global advocacy spaces, including the UN, to influence the advocacy narrative on disability, gender and sexuality in these forums. This will include capacity building for advocacy with various disability rights organisations and networks; technical support for reporting to various policy and treaty monitoring bodies and supporting meaningful inclusion of disability rights activists to participate in these processes. Identify new and/or better-leveraged opportunities for CREA’s and our partner’s participation in advocacy campaigns, special events, conferences, partnerships, and other international and regional forums that will help advance the advocacy goals articulated above. Convening Support CREA to convene dialogues based on intersectional rights issues bringing together activists from different movements to broaden understandings around disability, gender and sexuality and to forge partnerships and alliances to advance new forms of understanding on inclusion and rights. Leadership building Support the implementation of CREA’s Disability Sexuality and Rights Online Institute and in person Global Institute on Disability, Sexuality and Rights. Both seek to equip activists with disabilities and other advocates and allies with critical leadership skills and analytical tools to carry out transformative advocacy. In addition, support the design and conduct of capacity building initiatives at the national level, in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Kenya and Uganda Analytical tool building and information production Support the creation of tools and produce information that can be used by activists to bridge fault lines with other social movements, provide an intersectional analysis on critical rights issues and support transformative advocacy and ensure accessibility across a wide spectrum of disabilities. Organisational Responsibilities Support Director, Programs and Innovations in the development and implementation of annual activity plans and budgets. Assist in planning and facilitation of CREA led events e.g. rethink evenings and campaigns Support grant management related functions including reporting to the donor Support development of proposals, concept notes and support the Resource Development team as needed. Support the Communications team in highlighting the program on different social media platforms Represent and present CREA's work at meetings, forums and conferences at the national, regional and global levels. Key Qualifications Graduate (Master's Degree preferred, or equivalent experience) in the area of /social science/ human rights/ international development with relevant issues based experience on advancing the rights of persons with disabilities. 7-10 years of experience. Preference will be given to applicants with experience with NGOs from the global South and/or international development organizations with experience working in multiple regions and contexts. Strong understanding of and experience with disability rights and the sexual and reproductive rights of persons with disabilities, and a commitment to advancing these rights. Excellent writing skills in English and strong communication skills with both internal and external audiences. Detail oriented and takes initiative with an ability to self-motivate and produce high-quality products. Committed to ongoing professional learning and knowledge sharing with CREA staff. Persons with disabilities who identify as women, gender non-conforming, non-binary and/or trans are strongly encouraged to apply. CREA promotes pluralism and equal opportunity and is committed to diversity in its staff and to the maintenance of an environment free of discriminatory employment practices. CREA's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals. No individual shall be discriminated against because of his or her actual or perceived age, caste, class, gender, disability, marital status, religion, or sexual orientation. Compensation will be based on experience and internal equity. A generous benefit package is included. Interested candidates who meet the required educational and experience requirements should send their CV along with a cover letter, current and expected salary to email@example.com by 20 February, 2020. Please include in the subject line the name of the position you are applying for.
Meri Panchayat Meri Shakti Training Manual
23 October 2019
Hand book for training of Elected Women Representatives from Panchayat CREA has published a manual for conducting trainings with elected women representatives under our 'Meri Panchayat Meri Shakti' program. The manual has eight sections which include introduction, gender, power, gender-based violence, social systems, leadership, feminist leadership and the Panchayati Raj. The manual has separate handouts at the end of each section for more details. This manual will support the trainers in conducting sessions with women groups in the community. The manual also includes pointers and suggestions for trainers which can help them with the trainings and aid them in understanding the Panchayati Raj through a feminist lens. Purpose of the manual- CREA in collaboration with its partner organizations has been working in communities around feminist leadership since 2002. When Jharkhand had its first Panchayati Raj elections in 2010, many women candidates won and attained positions. However, these women didn’t have much knowledge about their rights, responsibilities and power. They neither went to the Panchayat meetings nor were they recognized as women leaders. CREA reached out to these elected women representatives (EWRs) and started working with them to analyze the challenges and restrictions faced by them. CREA introduced a feminist perspective and started engaging with these EWRs. This meant enhancing women’s participation as well as highlighting issues of women and adolescent girls at the Panchayati level. The the experience of working with a feminist lens at Panchayati level has been transformed into this training manual. This manual will altogether support in training the community to highlight issues of women and the marginalized in Panchayat meetings along with talking about the manner in which women representatives view the structure of Panchayati Raj, the role of power and gender and how the system can be connected with feminism along with an emphasis on the importance of feminist leadership. This manual can be used by all those who are working with women panchayat representatives. To order copies of this manual without any charges- Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org download your free soft copy here. मेरी पंचायत मेरी शक्ति- पंचायत की निर्वाचित महिला प्रतिनिधियों का प्रशिक्षण फैसिलिटेटर के लिए हैंड बुक हमे यह बताते हुए ख़ुशी हो रही है की हमारे 'मेरी पंचायत मेरी शक्ति' प्रोग्राम के अंतर्गत निर्वाचित महिला प्रतिनिधियों के साथ ट्रेनिंग करने के लिए हमने एक मैन्युअल प्रकाशित की है। मैन्युअल मैं ८ सत्र शामिल हैं। इन सत्रों मैं सत्ता, जेंडर, सामाजिक व्यवस्थाएं, जेंडर आधारित हिंसा, नेतृत्व, नारीवादी नेतृत्व और पंचायती राज को लेकर किस तरीके से समुदाय में बात करेंगे इसके बारे में विस्तार से विवरण किया गया है। विभिन्न सत्रों से जुडी अधिक जानकारी के लिए हर सत्र के अंत मैं हैण्ड-आउट भी शामिल की गयी है। यह मैन्युअल प्रशिक्षकों को समुदाय में महिला समूहों के साथ प्रशिक्षण करने में सहायक होगी। प्रशिक्षकों के सुविधा के लिए, प्रशिक्षण से पहले क्या तैयारी करनी है और किन किन चीज़ों का विशेष ध्यान रखेंगे, इसके बारे मैं भी बताया गया है। मैन्युअल की एक खास बात यह है कि इसमें पंचायती राज से जुड़े कामों को जेंडर और नारीवादी नज़रिये से देखने की कोशिश की गयी है। पंचायती राज के ढांचे को महिला प्रतिनिधि किस रूप से देख रही हैं, उसमे सत्ता की क्या भूमिका है? जेंडर के पहलू कहाँ है? नारीवाद कैसे जुड़ा हुआ है? और नारीवादी नेतृत्व की क्या सम्बन्ध है? इसके बारे मैं बातचीत करना मैन्युअल का उद्देश्य है। इस मैन्युअल को वह सभी लोग इस्तमाल कर सकते हैं जो महिला पंचायत प्रतिनिधियों के साथ काम कर रहे हैं। आशा है यह मैन्युअल आपके कार्य में उपयोगी सिद्ध होगा। यह मैन्युअल क्यों ? क्रिया वर्ष 2002 से अन्य संस्थाओं के साथ मिलकर समुदाय में महिला नेतृत्व पर काम कर रही है। जब झारखण्ड में वर्ष 2010 में पहली बार स्थानीय सरकार चुनाव हुआ तब स्थानीय शासन निकायों में महिला प्रतिनिधि चुनकर आयीं । परन्तु उनको उनकी ज़िम्मेदारी और अधिकार के बारे में ज़्यादा कुछ जानकारी नहीं थी। वे पंचायत की बैठकों में नहीं जाती थीं, ना ही उनको महिला नेता का दर्ज़ा दिया जाता था। क्रिया ने इन निर्वाचित महिला प्रतिनिधियों के साथ जुड़ कर काम करना शुरू किया। क्रिया ने इन महिलाओं पर होने वाली रुकावट को समझा और अनुभव से महसूस किया कि सभी निर्वाचित महिलाओं के साथ नारीवादी नज़रिये से काम करने का तरीका बांटा जाए ताकि पंचायत के नेतृत्व में नारीवाद शामिल हो सके और महिलाओं और लड़कियों के मुद्दों को आगे बढ़ाया जा सके । पंचायत और नारीवादी नज़रिये से काम करने का अनुभव को समेट कर इसे एक प्रशिक्षण के टूल के रूप में तैयार किया गया है। हमें आशा है कि महिलाओं और हाशिये पे खड़े समुदाय के मुद्दों को कैसे पंचायत मैं मजबूत तरीके से सामने रखा जाए इसपर यह मैन्युअल सहायक होगी। बिना शुल्क के इस मैन्युअल के प्रतियां मंगवाने के लिए - कृपया हमे email@example.com पर लिखे। इस मैन्युअल को आप बिना शुल्क के डाऊनलोड भी कर सकते हैं ।
Tackling the Taboo: sexuality and gender - transformative programmes to end child, early and forced marriage and unions
7 June 2019
Tackling the Taboo focuses on the need to address patriarchal control of adolescent girls’ sexuality in the fight against child, early and forced marriage and unions, and highlights the vital role played by gender-transformative programmes. The report presents findings from a review of 23 organizations that work at the intersection of child marriage and sexuality, and includes three case studies that feature the work of grassroots organizations working in politically and culturally conservative contexts. Tackling the Taboo is intended as a learning tool for practitioners, a guide for future research opportunities, a call to action for funders, and an advocacy tool for engaging in dialogue with policymakers and leaders. The report was produced by the CEFM and Sexuality Programs Working Group: American Jewish World Service (AJWS), CARE, CREA, Global Fund for Women, Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, GreeneWorks, International Center for Research, on Women (ICRW), International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), Nirantar Trust, Plan International, Population Council and Promundo-US. Download the Full Report and Summary Report in English, French and Spanish.
Me, We And The Machine - The Institute of Technology, Gender, Sexuality and Rights
9 December 2018
“Till I was 17, I did not have a word for who I was, or could be. I did not know I was a transgender girl. But as a 16-year-old, I discovered the internet.” Nadika, The Smartphone Freed Me | 13 August 2015, https://deepdives.in Millions of individuals and communities around the world today use technology to explore, express, navigate and advocate for their gender, sexuality and rights. Phones, simple or smart. Desktops. Smart watches. Tablets.In the digital age, our lives are no longer ‘physical only’. The way we live now is defined, to some extent or another, by technology. The tapestry of our lives has shifted from the physical world only to the physical + digital, spaces that weave in and out of each other like tangled balls of wool. As our lives seamlessly yin and yang in and out of the physical and the digital, so does our gender. Our sexuality. Our rights. In many cities and regions, queer communities first form online… then move offline, when it’s safe enough to do so. Think #queerlivesmatter Global protests and activism around gender-based harassment and violence erupt or are amplified in digital spaces. Think #metoo And many aspects of digital technology are giving rise to new rights claims and demands, including the right to be forgotten. Think #digitalrights It’s time for social movements to think more deeply about how technology intersects with sexuality, gender and rights. How can we shape the future instead of being shaped by it? That’s what Me, We And The Machine is all about. What Me, We And The Machine is a seven-day residential institute that dives deep into two big questions: How does technology shape and influence sexuality, gender and rights? How do sexuality, gender and rights inform and shape technology? Following the style and methodology of CREA’s flagship institute on Sexuality, Gender and Rights, this institute explores the intersection of theory and practice in the context of social movements. The institute will explore the following core concepts, linking them to advocacy, including rights-based claims and strategies that advance the goals of movements working on gender and sexuality: Technology as site and space (public, private, hybrid) Sexual expression as a key aspect of free expression Body becoming data, data becoming body Consent and privacy in the digital age Tools of control, from censorship to surveillance Online and offline harassment Artificial intelligence, rights and social justice Movements, activism and technology When Me, We And The Machine is designed as a seven-day Institute of theory and practice, that will take place from 9-15 December, excluding travel. Where Me, We And The Machine will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, during 9-15 December 2018. The venue is wheelchair accessible. How Think. Relate. Play. Talk. See. Read. Shift. Me, We And The Machine is designed as a series of seven tracks - all of which explore these intersections through different pedagogies. Who The Institute Me, We And The Machine is hosted by CREA and Point of View. CREA is a global feminist human rights organisation based in New Delhi, India. CREA works at the grassroots, national, regional and global levels to build feminist leadership, advance women’s human rights, and expand sexual and reproductive freedoms for all people. Point of View is a feminist non-profit based in Mumbai, India. We build and amplify the voices of women and other marginalized genders and remove barriers to voice, speech and expression. Gender and sexuality are at the heart of our work, as are disability and technology. Participants Only 30 participants will be selected for the institute, based on their application forms and their ability to demonstrate how they would apply the lessons of the Institute. Individuals working on issues of sexuality, Gender Based Violence, LGBTI rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, disability rights, and on the intersection of gender, technology and rights are eligible to apply. Participants are required to stay for the entire duration of the course. Travel and Visa Participants are responsible for incurring their travel costs to and from the Institute and obtaining their own visa. Please allot enough time to the visa application, as the process and timeline may take upto 30/40 days in some cases. Please do check the requirements for your country. Registration Costs Registration and Course fees are due on or before 15 November 2018. Registration Fee: EUR 250. All selected applicants will have to pay this fee. Course Fee: EUR 1000. This covers tuition and resource package. Course fee does not include travel costs to and from the Institute venue for anyone. Scholarships A very small number of full and partial scholarships are available on a need basis. Please note that the scholarship process is competitive. Only individuals who meet all the following criteria are eligible to apply for a scholarship. • Working for national/local organisation in the global South; • Working and residing in the global South; and • Working on sexual rights, LGBT, sex workers' rights, and rights of people with disabilities, and gender and technology NOT ELIGIBLE: Students; individuals not affiliated with organisations; and individuals working with international organisations. Full Scholarship: Tuition, Resource Package, Accommodation and Meals Partial Scholarship: Tuition, Resource Package You can also make a scholarship contribution to the institute by writing to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Accommodation and Meals (Only if applying for full scholarship) Participants are expected to arrange their own accommodation and meals. For those who are interested, we have a few rooms booked at discounted rates that they can pay for directly. For those availing full scholarships, considerations have been made to ensure reasonable accommodation and accessibility. Selections Please submit your application as soon as possible. We will be selecting participants each week on a rolling basis, in order to begin the process of visa applications as well as seeking funding opportunities as soon as possible. Though the deadline to submit your application is 7 October 2018, early applications will be given priority, and thus we encourage you to apply much before the deadline. Funding opportunities We encourage participants to approach donors to sponsor their participation. Possible sources for funding include the organisation you work for, your organisation's donors (some funders will consider travel grants to current grantees), and donors who fund the emerging area of gender, technology and rights. We suggest that you begin researching options immediately upon submitting your application to us. Participating faculty Institute faculty will consist of scholars, researchers and practitioners who are recognised for their work at the intersections of technology, sexuality, gender and rights. Application deadline Applications are due on or before 7 October 2018. To apply online, click here. If you experience difficulty with the online method, download the application here, and e-mail the completed form to Sushma Luthra at email@example.com. Send any queries to Ms. Luthra as well. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by 20 October 2018.
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. Organisers: 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. Participants: 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). Nirjala Bhattarai 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: firstname.lastname@example.org