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Supporting women led networks

Ibtida (‘the beginning’ in Urdu) is a leadership development program that began in 2002 to support a network of organizations from the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.


Institutes are a key component of CREA’s capacity building strategy to support activists who can further the transformative goals of feminist movements.

New Voices New Leaders

The New Voices, New Leaders program was launched in 2013 with the goal to develop a resource pool of women leaders in Myanmar, Nepal and India, with the capacity to implement programs and influence policy related to gender equality and violence against women at the national level.

Self Academy

The SELF (Sports, Expression, Leadership, and Freedom) Academy is a 15-day residential leadership, knowledge, and skills building academy for girls and young women in the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.


CREA believes in facilitating connections, networking, knowledge sharing and support for young women leaders in the Global South.

Meri Panchayat Meri Shakti

In a country as large and diverse as India, local village councils play a key role in ensuring pressing community issues are appropriately considered and that the basic needs of residents are addressed.