Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute - East Africa

24 October 2016
Nairobi, Kenya

Applications are due on or before 21 September 2016. To apply online, click here. If you experience difficulty with the online method, download the application from HERE and e-mail the completed form to Sushma Luthra at sluthra@creaworld.org. Send any queries to Ms. Luthra as well.

The seventh Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute is a week-long course designed to strengthen feminist leadership, advocacy, and strategies for building collective power for social transformation in Africa. The Institute will combine conceptual inputs with reflection on the current political landscape as well as past strategies for advancing women's rights and gender equality in Africa. Looking at diverse movements in Africa 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 is designed on the premise that feminist leadership can be strengthened and have greater impact when women’s rights activists and advocates have greater conceptual clarity and strategic approaches that go to the roots of inequality rather than dealing with its symptoms alone.

With strong conceptual inputs and analytical frameworks on power, patriarchy, feminism, movements and organizations, and feminist leadership, the course helps participants acquire clarity on some of these core issues and provides new lenses and tools with which to examine their current work.  Participants are supported to question and understand the deeper roots of social power structures and dynamics – especially gender power structures - and more effective routes to transformation.  For example, the inputs on movement building and advocacy allows participants to critically assess how they have organised themselves to achieve their social justice goals, and the spaces and institutions in which they are intervening to create change. Participants are encouraged to re-examine and explore new avenues in their advocacy efforts, political agenda, involvement of constituents and strategies for collective action.

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 women’s movements in Africa and explore concrete strategies to strengthen links between women’s movements and other social justice movements to advance women’s human rights more collectively. The Institute will cover the following topics:

  • Social Movements and Power -- Concepts and Theory
  • Movements, Organisations and Leadership -- Theory and Practice
  • Current issues and challenges of the women's movement in Africa
  • Feminist Leadership Africa
  • Human Rights Situation in Africa
  • Safety and security of HRD
  • Assessing our impact - Approaches and Tools

The Institute will foreground reflection at both personal and organizational level.  Activists and academics from the global South, including leading African feminist activists and scholars, will teach the course 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 between 25 and 45 years of age;
  • Reside or work in East Africa (Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Somaliland, Tanzania and Uganda);
  • Have a minimum of 3 years experience working on gender issues, women’s rights, development and/or youth activism (voluntary or paid);
  • 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;
  • Have a working knowledge of the English language and/or be bilingual if French speaking.

Venue and Dates

The Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, during 24-29 October 2016. (Begins 9 am on 24th; Ends 4 pm on 29th ).

Travel and Visa

Participants are responsible for incurring their travel costs to and from the Institute and obtaining their own visa. CREA will assist with the visa process by providing a letter of invitation and required visa letters.


Tuition, accommodation and meals for the duration of the Institute will be covered by CREA. Participants will be required to pay a registration fee of USD 50. Participants must cover their own travel expenses.


Accommodation will be on twin-sharing basis.


CREA’s mission is to build feminist leadership, advance women’s human rights, and expand sexual and reproductive freedoms. 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.