APPLY NOW for the 20th Sangat Month Long Course


XXth  South Asian Feminist Capacity Building Course on

Gender, Sustainable Livelihoods, Human Rights and Peace


19 September to 19 October, 2015,

TEWA Center, Kathmandu, Nepal




The Sangat Month Long Courses are designed to provide clarity, dialogue and shared understanding on concepts and issues related to gender, justice, poverty, sustainable development, peace, democracy and human rights. Started in the year 1984, this South Asian course has run 19 editions through which over 650 women activists and gender trainers, women’s studies teachers, journalists, media women etc. have improved their conceptual capacities and sharpened/developed feminist perspectives. Many of these women are now in senior positions in different organizations and many are conducting similar gender workshops, women’s studies courses, in their own countries.

These courses have also led to effective networking between participants and their organizations at the South Asian level.

These courses are for women from the South Asian region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), however in recent years women from outside the region have also been applying for this course.



The main objectives of the next course are:

  • To create a pool of feminist activists working  on Gender, Human Rights and Development.  To facilitate an intensive dialogue and sharing of experiences amongst women development practitioners and trainers.
  •  To provide participants with an opportunity to increase their understanding, awareness and sensitivity to a range of issues related to gender, peace, development, justice and human rights.
  • To share information and build a feminist perspective on ongoing processes of liberalization, globalization, militarization, identity politics, conflict transformation and peace building.   
  • To help participants increase their self awareness and self confidence and enhance their analytical, communication and training capacities.
  • To strengthen networking and co-operation for advocacy and action for sustainable development, gender equality, human rights, peace and holistic health in South Asia and elsewhere.



The attempt is to source participants from a diverse but specific pool of NGO workers, professionals, researchers, artists, Government Officials, Journalists, Lawyers, Trade Unions and so on. Applicants must be professionally or academically engaged with or :

  • Must have a background working on women’s empowerment, human rights, agriculture, sustainable livelihoods, labour, holistic health, peace, democracy, secularism and so on;
  • The applicant must have a minimum of five years’ work experience
  • The applicant MUST have a good working knowledge of spoken and written English.

A steadily increasing demand for the course has forced Sangat to increase its seat capacity from 30 to a maximum of 40 women.



The course will be residential. The dates are 19 September - 19 October 2015.

The venue will be the TEWA Centre on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal.

The working language of the course will be English. Therefore a good knowledge of written and spoken English is necessary.



The course will cover the following subjects although the exact topics will be decided on the basis of the needs and interests of the participants, and through discussions with the resource persons.

  • Patriarchy, gender, masculinity, femininity, feminism, women’s movement and so on
  • Neo-liberal paradigm of development and its impact on poverty and gender; livelihoods and alternative models
  • Violence and violence against women, VAW and the legal framework 
  • Gender and human rights, CEDAW and other UN Conventions Religion, secularism , communalism and spirituality
  • Self-awareness and self-growth
  • Leadership and confidence building
  • Mental and emotional health;
  • Reproductive health;
  • Sexuality and politics of the body



The methodology of the course will be participatory and experiential.

The course will also provide opportunities for participants to acquire and develop training skills, through ‘learning by doing’. Participants will be involved in deciding the daily schedules, planning and coordinating specific sessions, making presentations on issues, preparing learning materials and documenting the sessions. Attempts will be made to minimize the formal divisions between ‘organizers’ and ‘participants’. The emphasis will be on group discussions and case presentations.

Relevant reading materials will be identified and provided and films on specific issues will be screened as part of the sessions.

In order to make the process more lively and effective songs, dance, music, plays, posters and films will be used throughout the course.

We will also make an effort to organize visits to local NGOs/women’s organizations and encourage participation in public events.

Yoga and other physical exercises will be part of the daily schedule.



Resource persons will be knowledgeable feminist activists/scholars who are part of South Asian women’s movements and are committed to supporting processes of women’s empowerment and solidarity. In the past, the following have acted as resource persons.


·Bangladesh: Farida Akhtar, Khushi Kabir, Sultana Kamal, Sara Hossain, Rizwana Hassan, Amena Mohsin, Lubna Marium

·India: Kamla Bhasin, Abha Bhaiya, Martin Macwan, V.Rukmini Rao, Manisha Gupte, Nandita Shah, Nandita Gandhi, Deepa Dhanraj, Amrita Chhachhi, Lata        Mani

·Nepal: Mina Acharya, Durga Ghimire, Sapana Pradhan-Malla, Saloni Singh, Mira Mishra, Renu Rajbhandari, Hisila Yami, Indira Shrestha

·Pakistan: Rubina Saigol, Ambreen Ahmad, Nighat Said Khan, Maria Rashid, Azra Talat Sayeed

·Sri Lanka:  Kumari Jayawardena



Participants or their organizations are expected to pay for their travel and $1400 to cover costs of food and lodging. Please note that Sangat does not charge any fee at all for the course.

Women from outside the South Asian region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), need to raise their own funding to cover costs for travel and boarding and lodging.

There are a few fellowships (for Women from South Asia) for those who are not able to pay for their participation. Please note that fellowships are limited and are highly competitive, applicants are encouraged to raise their own funding where possible. If you would like to apply for a fellowship, please send us a letter, detailing why you need a fellowship and why sponsoring you is important?



Applications/nominations should be accompanied by:

  1. Personal information sheet (attached along with) and application form
  1. Detailed CV of the applicant/nominee
  • In case the applicant/nominee is not able to pay, a fellowship application will have to  be sent to Sangat, detailing why it is important that we sponsor you.
  • Please ensure that you have a passport with at least one year validity before you apply for this course.


Applications/nominations should be sent to the Coordinator Sangat at the following email address - latest by 15th May 2015. 


Download the application form here






B-114 Shivalik, Malviya Nagar

New Delhi 110 017

Tel: +91-11- 26692166 and 2669 1637