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CREAโ€™s 3rd Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute, 4 November โ€“ 15 December 2013

Applications are due on or before 30 September 2013 (Completely online, 6 weeks, 6-10 hours per week).

To apply online, If you experience difficulty with the online method, download the application from CREAโ€™s website and e-mail the completed form to Vrinda Marwah at Send any queries to Vrinda as well.

CREAโ€™s Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute is a six weeks long online course begun in 2010, which focuses on a conceptual study of disability and sexuality, and its inter-linkages with issues of feminism, public health, development, violence, media and representation, amongst others, using a rights-based approach. It is intended for practitioners and has a strong component on activistsโ€™ initiatives that integrate disability, sexuality, and rights.

About the Course

The Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute provides a study of theory and practice for disabled and non-disabled people working in areas such as development, health, sexuality, media, and rights. The aim is to create awareness about the intersection of disability and sexuality, and build a political perspective on disabled peopleโ€™s sexual rights. Participants develop their ability to work in inclusive and holistic ways that further human rights and social justice. CREA coordinated the first Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute in 2010.

Why take this course?


CREAโ€™s mission is to build feminist leadership, advance womenโ€™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.


The Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Institute is an introductory level course on the intersections of these issues. Independent activists and practitioners in development, sexuality, health, media, and rights NGOs and GOs worldwide are encouraged to apply. Twenty-five participants will be selected based on demonstrated interest in disability and sexuality, and applicability to their work. Practitioners will be given preference over students, researchers, and academics.


People with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the Institute. The course has been designed and tested to be accessible to people with visual and hearing impairments.


Participants are required to pay a registration fee of USD 60 to contribute towards course expenses. Fee waiver is available on request for a very small percentage of participants on need basis (please refer to the application form). โ€จ

Format and Workload

The course will be conducted entirely online, and entirely in English. No special technology is required, and information about all necessary applications and platforms such as Microsoft Word, Power Point, Drop Box, etc. will be provided to selected candidates at least two weeks before the course begins. The Institute will be conducted mostly in virtual time, with some discussions planned for real time. The Institute will use diverse methodology such as power points, videos (with subtitles), readings, chats/ discussions and web conferencing. Participants will also be required to submit a final project. Although the course is introductory, the work will be challenging, including reading and discussion of complex theory. We encourage active engagement so participants can learn from each otherโ€™s thoughts and experiences.

Course participation will require between 6-10 hours per week, depending on participantsโ€™ capacity. Each weekโ€™s requirements can be completed at the convenience of participants as long as it is within broader time parameters. Participants will be expected to participate in the entire course and complete all assignments, as far as possible.

Resource People

The Institute is designed and taught by an international group of academics and activists in the disability rights field, specialising in sexual and reproductive health and rights from a global South perspective.

Anita Ghai, Ph.D., is Senior Reader in Psychology, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi and a disability activist who works in the areas of education, health, sexuality, and gender. Her second book was (Dis)Embodied Form: Issues of Disabled Women (2003). She is on the editorial board of Disability and Society, Disability Studies Quarterly, and Scandinavian Journal of Disability.

Ekaete Judith Umoh is a disability rights advocate, founder and Executive Director, Family Centered Initiative for Challenged Persons (FACICP), an NGO that works to promote the inclusion of the issues of women with disabilities in gender and development programs in Nigeria. She serves as consultant to several development agencies, providing technical assistance on the inclusion of a disability component in various development programmes. Ekaete holds both a PGD in Education and a Masters Degree in Social Work; currently she is Vice-President, Rehabilitation International (RI) - Africa Region.

Janet Price is a member of the Gender and Health Group at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Working in the UK and India, her focus is feminist/post- modernist approaches to disability, postcolonialism, health, and the body. She is on the Board of DaDa (Disability and Deaf Arts) based in Liverpool, UK. She co-edited Feminist Theory and the Body: A Reader (1999).

Additional input from activists working on HIV/AIDS, mental health, UN conventions, queer disability and more!

Applications are due on or before 30 September 2013. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by 14 October 2013, and will have sufficient time to familiarise themselves with course material and software.

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