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CREA's 7th Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute: Exploring Theory and Practice

22-30 June 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Applications are due on or before 30 March 2013. To apply online, http://tinyurl.com/cgrc7o5. If you experience difficulty with the online method, download the application from CREA's website (http://www.creaworld.org) and e-mail the completed form to Sushma Luthra at sluthra@creaworld.org or to CREA at crea@creaworld.org. Send any queries to Ms Luthra as well.

CREA's Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute is an annual residential course--begun in 2007--which focuses on a conceptual study of sexuality and its application to program interventions. The Institute examines the links between sexuality, rights, gender, and health, and their interface with socio-cultural and legal issues. Participants critically analyze policy, research, and program interventions using a rights-based approach.

Course Content

Sexuality is a complex field of study, which spans multiple disciplines and areas of work. Accordingly, the course content of the Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute will focus on a conceptual and theoretical study of sexuality, drawing from different social science disciplines and the intersections between them. Activists and academics will teach the course using classroom instruction, group work, case studies, simulation exercises, fiction, and films.


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 organization, based in New Delhi, India. It is one of the few international women's rights organizations based in the global South, led by Southern feminists, which works at the grassroots, national, regional, and international levels.


For the Institute, 25-30 participants will be selected, based on their application forms and their ability to demonstrate how they would apply the lessons of the Institute. Individuals working on issues of sexuality, LGBT rights, sexual rights, HIV/AIDS, violence against women, health, and/or gender are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to individuals working in the global South at the national/local level to advance sexual rights. Participants are required to stay for the duration of the course.

Venue and Dates

The Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, during 22-30 June 2013. (Begins 9 am on 22nd; Ends 4 pm on 30th).

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.


Registration and Course fees are due on or before 20 May 2013.


Accommodation will be on twin-sharing basis. Participants desiring single rooms will have to pay a supplement of USD 550.


A very small number of full and partial scholarships from CREA are available on a need basis. Please note that the scholarship process is competitive.

ONLY the following individuals are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

NOT ELIGIBLE: Students; individuals not affiliated with organizations; and individuals working with international organizations.

Funding Opportunities

We encourage participants to approach donors to sponsor their participation. Possible sources for funding include the organization you work for; your organization's donors (some funders will consider travel grants to current grantees); and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF), the Ford Foundation, the Global Fund for Women, the International Women's Health Coalition, Mama Cash, and Open Society Foundations. We suggest that you begin researching options immediately upon submitting your application to us.

Participating Faculty

Alice Miller, JD, is currently on the faculty of Yale University's School of Public Health, where she is working to develop an initiative on global health and justice jointly between the Law and Public Health Schools. Previously, Miller taught at the UC Berkeley Law School as well as Columbia University, where she co-directed the Center for the Study of Human Rights and Master's Program. She teaches and writes in the areas of sexuality, rights, law, gender, health, and humanitarian issues. She combines extensive advocacy experience with her academic work. She specializes in developing a framework for human rights claims in the context of contemporary understandings of sexuality and globalized networks and advocacy work.

Carole S Vance, PhD, MPH, teaches anthropology, public health and sexuality at the Mailman School of Public Health, and for 10 years, has directed the Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights at the Columbia University. She has extensively written about sexual theory; science, sexuality, gender, and health; and policy controversies about sexual expression and imagery. She is the editor of Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality (1982, 1993). In 2005, she received the David R Kessler Award for lifetime contribution to the study of sexuality.

Geetanjali Misra is co-founder and Executive Director of CREA. She has worked at the activist, grant making and policy levels on issues of sexuality, reproductive health, gender, human rights and violence against women. She writes on issues of sexuality, gender and rights and co-edited Sexuality, Gender and Rights: Exploring Theory and Practice in South and Southeast Asia (2005). Before joining CREA, she was the Sexuality and Reproductive Health Program Officer at the Ford Foundation. In 1989, she co-founded SAKHI for South Asian Women, a non-profit organisation based in New York, committed to ending violence against women of South Asian origin.

Huang Yingying is Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, and Deputy Director, Institute of Sexuality and Gender, at Renmin University in China. She bases her research in China and focuses on female sex workers, male clients, women's body and sexuality, social aspects of HIV/AIDS, and research methodology on sexuality. She is the author of the book Body, Sexuality and Xinggan (sexiness): Study on Chinese Women's Daily Lives (2008) and several publications on female sex workers and male clients in China since 1999. Dr Huang has also worked as gender consultant for several international HIV/AIDS projects since 2003, and is one of the key sponsors of the biannual international conference on Sexualities in China, which started in 2007.

Janet Price is an activist and academic, who works at the intersection of disability, sexuality, and gender. Based in Liverpool, UK, she has been involved with CREA for over a decade, raising the profile of sexuality issues for disabled people. In partnership with disabled and non-disabled colleagues from Nigeria, India, Kenya, and Australia, amongst others, she convened the Second Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute at the end of 2011. She maintains her academic links through her involvement with the Gender and Health Group at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She is also on the Board of Disability and Deaf Arts (DaDa), Liverpool, which holds a biennial International Festival, DaDaFest. The last DaDaFest was a part of the cultural initiative at the time of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012, the next will be in 2014.

Meena Saraswathi Seshu is the General Secretary of SANGRAM, an organization that works on the rights of sex workers and people living with HIV/AIDS. SANGRAM's Centre for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalisation (CASAM) advocates for the reduction of stigma, violence, and harassment of marginalized communities, especially those who have challenged dominant norms. Seshu is part of the UNAIDS Reference Group on Human Rights and HIV. In 2002, she was awarded the Human Rights Defender Award by the Human Rights Watch. Seshu was a speaker at the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, and at the 2012 Sex Worker Freedom Festival in Kolkata, India.

Oliver Phillips, PhD, is Reader in Law at the University of Westminster. In 2000-2001, he was the Rockefeller Fellow on the Program for the Study of Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights at Columbia University. Oliver has taught at the Universities of Cape Town, London, and Keele, and has been involved with activism in anti-apartheid and sexual politics in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the UK. Oliver's research focuses on gender and sexuality, human rights in post-colonial Southern Africa, the regulation of sexual offences, the intersection of constitutional and customary law, and the interface of advocacy, activism and academic scholarship. Oliver is currently on the editorial board of the International Journal of Human Rights, and is Vice-Chair and a founding member of the Charity FOTAC (Friends of the Treatment Action Campaign).

Sealing Cheng, PhD, received her doctorate from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University. She was then a Rockefeller postdoctoral fellow in Gender, Sexuality, Health, and Human Rights at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. In January 2005, she began teaching at Wellesley College in the US. Her research is focused on sexuality with reference to sex work, human trafficking, women's activism, and policy-making. Her book, On the Move for Love: Migrant Entertainers and the U.S. Military in South Korea (University of Pennsylvania Press 2010) received the Distinguished Book Award of the Sexualities Section of the American Sociological Association in 2012.

Svati P Shah, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Shah's work has been published in a range of scholarly and progressive journals, including Gender and History, Cultural Dynamics, Rethinking Marxism, and SAMAR: South Asian Magazine for Action and Reflection. Her book, Seeing Sexual Commerce: Sex, Work, and Migration in the City of Mumbai, on sex work and migration in Mumbai's informal sector, is due to be released in 2013 by Duke University Press. She is currently working on the spatial politics of sexuality-based movements in India, including LGBTQ and sex workers' movements, and their relationship with the new social movements that emerged in India in the late 1970s.

Special Lecture

Shohini Ghosh is Sajjad Zaheer Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia University, India. She has been visiting professor at Cornell University, and a fellow at the University of Chicago. Ghosh directed Tales of the Nightfairies (2002), a film about the sex workers' struggle for rights in Kolkata, India. She is author of the volume on Deepa Mehta's Fire for the Queer Classics Series published by Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver, Canada. Ghosh is co-founder of the Mediastorm Collective, an all-women documentary collective, and is currently editing an anthology on documentary films. She writes frequently on popular culture.

Additional Information

Country: Turkey
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Source: www.creaworld.org
When: 15/3/2013

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