|Jennifer Josef, ILGA-ASIA|
|Jennifer Josef, ILGA-ASIA|
A 9-week Online Course for Practitioners and Activists on Sexuality, Disability, Social Justice, Public Health, Development, and Media will be held on October 17 to December 17, 2011. Applications are due by September 15, 2011.
To apply online, click here http://apps3.creaworld.org/creaforms/node/5.
If you experience difficulty with the online method, download the application form from CREA's website http://www.creaworld.org/home.asp and email the completed form to Debika Chatterjee at email@example.com. You may also write to her for any queries.
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 people's sexual rights.
Participants develop their ability to work in inclusive and holistic ways that further health and social justice. CREA organised the first Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute in 2010.
Why take this course?
Disabled people are often excluded or discriminated against in relation to their sexuality by health, development, and rights organizations because they are not considered to be sexual or they are thought to be sexually vulnerable or uncontrolled.
Disability rights activists and service providers often disregard sexuality issues and rights in favor of issues that are considered more pressing and appropriate like employment and physical access.
People with disabilities are commonly represented as asexual or as perversein their sexuality. The media often builds 'freak' stories about their sexual lives. However, sexuality is an important part of the life, identity, society, and culture of all people, including people with disabilities. It can be a source of pleasure and pain, empowerment and oppression.
Key Questions and Content
CREA empowers women and girls to articulate, demand and access their human rights by enhancing women's leadership, strengthening civil society organizations, influencing social movements and creating networks for social change. A global organization based in India, CREA works to make human rights an effective tool for social change, and to integrate human rights mechanisms, awareness, and principles into the fabric of the society.
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 concrete ideas of relevance to their work. Practitioners will be given preference over students, researchers, and academics. Although the course is introductory, the work will be challenging, including reading and discussion of complex theory, which will be discussed and related to real life situations and social change work. For application form,
click here http://apps3.creaworld.org/creaforms/node/5 or go to http://www.creaworld.org/home.asp.
People with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the Institute. The course has been designed and tested to be accessible to disabled people and those with slower Internet connection speed. We will work with participants to modify the course as necessary to meet all needs and ensure full participation.
Costs and Funding
This Institute is made possible by the support of the MDG3 Fund from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and CREA. Participants are required to pay a $50 registration fee to contribute towards course expenses. Fee waiver available on request (please refer to the application form).
Format and Workload
The course will be conducted entirely online in English, with presentations, reading, discussion, research, activities, and a final project. No special technology is required, except a computer that can read Microsoft Word and Power Point documents and has Adobe Reader.
Also required is Internet access to download/upload documents and comments for 20 to 30 minutes, 2 to 3 times a week throughout the course. The Institute will not be done in real time, although we will encourage participants in similar time zones to meet online for direct discussion; participants can complete the requirements at their convenience within the time parameters. There will be 2 to 4 readings per week, many will be challenging and theoretical.
Course participation will take 6 hours per week on average. Participants are expected to participate in the entire course and complete all assignments. Guided by clear learning objectives, the course will be adapted to the unique interests, experiences, and needs of the participants. The participants will learn from each other's ideas and experiences through active involvement and sharing.
The Institute is designed and taught by an international group of academics and activists in the disability rights field, who specialize in sexual and reproductive rights and health from a global South perspective.
Additional input from activists working in HIV/AIDS; media representation; UN conventions and more!
Applications are due on or before September 15, 2011. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by October 5, 2011.
Contact Person: Debika Chatterjee; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
7 Mathura Road, Jangpura B, New Delhi 110014, India