Pleasure and data? Is there such a rishta? We said yes, oui, haan!
How does acknowledging that young people want pleasure change the questions we ask and the research we do on their love/sex lives? Can taking pleasure seriously, transform the programmes, policies, curriculums and laws we create? #LoveSexAndData asked - is Pleasure the secret ingredient that data needs in order to be useful and relevant to our life and create a more just society?
The Love, Sex and Data Conference: A 3-day digital conference that took place from 7-9th October, 2021 was organised by Agents of Ishq and The YP Foundation to deep dive into these questions through keynotes, panels, workshops, performances, afterhours interactions and more!
3 days, 36 events, 60 speakers - thank you to everyone who joined us in bringing in the pleasure lens to our work (and our life!) as students, activists, educators, NGO workers, researchers, writers or really, whoever you are!
A first-of-its-kind conference dedicated to sex and pleasure in India? We said - you need to come ya (in more ways than one if you like *wink wink*) and you did - all 1663 of you!
Workshop with HansaTheme: The Transformative Power of Pleasure
Shubha Mudgal in conversation with Paromita Vohra (Agents of Ishq)
Panel Discussion with Biva Rajbhandari (Quilt.AI), Rupsa Mallik (CREA), Vinay Chandran (Sahaya - Queer Helpline) Moderator: Mathangi KrishnamurthyTheme: Love, Sex, What Data?
Keynote Address by Maya SharmaTheme: Our Lives, Our Data, Our Interventions
Neysara is the founder of TransgenderIndia (TI). TransgenderIndia is an online platform that helps transgender and gender non conforming people in India to navigate the complex journey of gender transition and gender non conformity in India. How do I change my gender marker in my college id? Which doctor can help me transition? Whom do I talk to to know more? TI publishes How-to’s for these and other questions that pop up during gender transition/non conformity
Meena Saraswathi Seshu is the General Secretary of the Sampada Grameen Mahila Sanstha [SANGRAM], a health and human rights NGO based in the rural districts of western Maharashtra and north Karnataka in India. In 1992, Meena was instrumental in guiding SANGRAM in the change of direction of its work. Under her stewardship, SANGRAM began to address social inequality and to promote justice among marginalised communities, discriminated against because of sexual preference, sex work, HIV status, gender, caste and religious minority. Meena has steered this women-centered organisation to focus on building solidarity among diverse and marginalised communities by using a rights-centered approach to self-determination that organises the voiceless to collectivise. SANGRAM is an umbrella organisation that has initiated communities to collectivise to fight for their rights. Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad [VAMP],[ Female sex workers], Muskan [Male and Transgender women in sex work], Mitra [Children of sex workers], Vidrohi Mahila [rural women's collective] and Nazariya, [Muslim Women's collective].
Dr. Sana Contractor is a public health researcher and practitioner with an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and over a decade's experience in health systems research in India. Her body of work in the domain of Sexual and Reproductive Rights focuses on its intersections with identity and social exclusion, and interrogates policy making from local to global health spaces using this lens. Dr. Contractor has worked with leading rights-oriented research organisations, and has published in national and international academic journals. She has also been associated with feminist and health rights movements in India.
Purvi Yadav, co-founded Sahas in 2016 with the vision to create a world free of gender based violence. Her curiosity to write and passion in journalism inspired her to work in the media for 5 years. Though she had been constantly amazed by the opportunity to communicate news, but experienced lack of sensitivity, fair and responsible journalism concerning reporting of cases of gender based violence. This led her to begin the journey of social change by establishing Sahas Foundation. Purvi, designs and facilitates gender and sexuality programs with adolescents, young people, women and the police. She is also TEDx speaker.