Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute—India (English)
SGRI India (English) was held from 11 to 17 January 2014 in Khandala, Maharashtra, India. Twenty-three development practitioners from across India participated in what was a lively and challenging exchange. Organisations and institutions such as TARSHI, Navsarjan Trust, SNEHA, Jindal Global Law School, TISS, Karnatka Health Promotion Trust, NEEDS, Foundation for Social Transformation were amongst the range that was represented.
The goal of SGRI India is to both broaden and deepen participants’ knowledge of the complex field of sexuality that spans many disciplines and areas of work. At SGRI India (English) 2014, participants critically analysed policy, research, and programme interventions using a rights-based approach, and using methodology such as classroom instruction, group work, case studies, and films. This year, the Supreme Court judgement of 11 December 2013, upholding the constitutionality of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and re-criminalizing gay sex, was a much-discussed theme that ran through many of the Institute sessions. Through this critical and rigorous engagement, this year’s participants learned about the links between sexuality and gender, rights, health, law, representation, dis/ability, culture, and other social justice issues.
The 2014 Institute was taught by a team of resource persons who have done trailblazing work in the field of sexuality, gender, and rights: Carole Vance, Professor, Columbia University; Janet Price, activist and organiser, DaDa Fest; Ruth Vanita, Professor, University of Montana; Shohini Ghosh, Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia; Arvind Narrain, Alternative Law Forum; Svati Shah, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts; and Lata Mani, feminist historian and cultural critic.