The South and Southeast Asia Resource Centre on Sexuality works on issues of sexuality from three, broad programmatic strands:
This initiative focuses on building scholarship and capacity on sexuality through the region. It includes conducting regional Institutes that strengthen conceptual understanding on issues of sexuality, society, and culture, as well as two intensive Applied Study Programmes that build on practical implications of working on sexuality with a rights affirming approach.
This initiative strengthens knowledge dissemination through the region by collecting, identifying, collating and disseminating relevant information through appropriate channels (eg. website, electronic bulletins, etc). It seeks to make available knowledge in English more accessible to non-English speaking countries and also creates knowledge through publications on cutting edge topics.
Furthering Dialogue and Debate
This initiative promotes a structured debate and dialogue amongst a variety of participants from across the region on issues of sexuality that have far reaching impact at many levels. Annual seminars and consultations are convened on relevant themes.
We have hosted 7 Visiting Scholars/Practitioners from China, Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines, and Vietnam in India for one month each, as well as conducted three Regional Institutes on “Sexuality, Society, and Culture”, an eight-day course designed to 1) develop a deeper and more coherent theoretical understanding of sexuality and its connections with other issues, including gender and rights, and 2) examine assumptions on which practitioners base their work within a South and Southeast Asian context.” The courses were completed with over 53 participants from 13 countries.