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Advancing Sexual and Gender Diversity

Our approach to engaging with LGBTIQ/SOGIESC themes and constituencies recognizes the limitations of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Queer (LGBTIQ) and/or sexual orientation and gender identity and expression and sex characteristic (SOGIESC) frameworks and focuses on “sexual and gender diversity.”


The challenges resulting from criminalization of sexuality and identity are gaining increased attention within the women’s rights, human rights and social justice communities.

Gender 360

Debates around the meaning of “gender,” within and across movements and alliances, have often exhibited our understanding to be fractious, fungible and silo-ed.

Early and forced marriage

Control and regulation of sexuality, in particular young women and girls’ sexuality, as a result of gender inequality exists in various cultural contexts and communities.

Laws, policies, restrictions

CREA uses various national, international and human rights mechanisms, laws and policies as tools for movement building and cross movement collaboration with a primary aim to strengthen multi-stakeholder accountability.

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.

Count Me In

CREA is a part of the Count Me In! consortium (CMI) - a joint initiative with Mama Cash, Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), Just Associates (JASS) and Urgent Action Fund representing Africa, the US and Latin America in strategic partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Policy Framework Dialogue and Dissent (2016-2020).

All Women Count

All Women Count (AWC) is a Global South consortium to address gender based violence (GBV) in the region.


CREA’s annual Disability Sexuality and Rights Online Institute (DSROI) is a six-week long online course which began in 2010.

Sex Worker Rights

CREA allies with, collaborates with, and supports sex worker-led collectives, unions and groups both nationally and globally to demand for full decriminalization of all aspects of consensual sex work and human rights for all people in sex work.

Voices Against 377

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalizing same sex relationship was introduced during the British rule of India and dates back to 1861.