CREA is a feminist human rights organization based in New Delhi, India. Together with partners from a diverse range of human rights movements and networks, CREA works to advance the rights of women and girls and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people.
Founded in 2000, CREA is one of the few international women’s rights organisations based in the Global South, led by Southern feminists, which works at the grassroots, regional, national, and international levels. Together with partners from a diverse range of human rights movements and networks, CREA works to advance the rights of women and girls and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people. CREA advocates for positive social change through national and international fora, and provides training and learning opportunities to global activists and leaders through its Institutes
CREA envisions a more just and peaceful world, where everyone lives with dignity, respect, and equality. CREA builds feminist leadership, advances women’s human rights, and expands sexual and reproductive freedoms.
IMPACT OF CREA
HERE IS A STORY OF A COMMON WOMEN AARTI:
Aarti got married when she was 18 years old. Her husband is the youngest of the three brothers and one sister. Her father-in-law had passed away years back. And, unfortunately, her mother-in-law died within nine months of Aarti’s marriage. This caused a rift in the family. She was even asked to cook her meals separately from the rest of the family. She had to do whatever the elders in her neighborhood asked her to.
The only good thing was that after the demise of her mother-in-law, Aarti was made a member of Mahila Mandal. She joined the organization in 2011. In 2012, she attended CREA’s training on gender and patriarchy. After this, she also attended CREA’s training on PWDVA. “I felt as if a blind could suddenly see”, says Aarti. She shared the following instance.
Aarti’s brother-in-law was the head of the family. Thus, he bore the expenses of her wedding and also gifted her some jewelry. However, soon, he made it clear to Aarti that he would take all the jewelry back at the time of his daughter’s wedding. And, Aarti had no qualms about it. She felt that it is his right to take back what he has given. Aarti had always been taught that all that she gets during her wedding and all that she brings with her belong to her husband and his family.
WHAT SHE THINKS:
“After the CREA training, I learnt that the goods, jewelry, and money a woman gets from her in-laws during her wedding and brings with her are her property. Only she has the right to use them! I told these things to my brother-in-law. Since then, he has not asked me for the jewelry”, says Aarti.
Aarti is now involved in all the decisions related to her household and agricultural land. With the help of Mahila Mandal, she plans to get the property equally divided among the three brothers and sister, without any injustice to anyone.
CREA develops publications and knowledge resources, in ENGLISH and HINDI, in the fields of sexuality, reproductive health, gender, and human rights. These publications foreground global South perspectives and reduce the paucity of resources for Hindi-speaking activists and organizations. All these resources and materials are made available here on the website and are mailed out to the organizations and activists that CREA works with and disseminated through various other channels.
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ALTOGETHER CREA envisions a more just and peaceful world, where everyone lives with dignity, respect, and equality.