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!


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Dr Jaya

Jaya trained as a physician in India and then earned a masters and doctorate in Public Health from the Hopkins School of Public Health, USA. She worked as the Programme Specialist, Adolescents & Youth at UNFPA’s India Office between 2008-2021 and is currently working as an independent consultant. She is inspired by young people’s enthusiasm, resilience and ability to experiment with new ideas. She is a youth advocate who believes that huge public health benefits can be realised by investing in young people. Jaya has more than 15 years of experience in conceptualising and managing large scale health and development programs both within and outside the Government.

Shilpa Mudbi

Shilpa Mudbi Kothakota is a 1st generation Bangalorean who identifies strongly with her ancestral roots. She has spent several years working in the hinterlands of Karnataka, documenting agrarian lifestyles and cultural-politics, as a filmmaker. Shilpa has been in the field of social justice as a social activist and media consultant with Samvada-Baduku, Bangalore. She has worked in theatre as an actor, vocalist and administrator. Her artistic research is motivated by the search for counter-narratives, conscious of class and caste dynamics. Her main study is the human voice, which she uses as a lens to understand and fight hierarchies in society. Shilpa is the creative artist behind Urban Folk Project, a collective that looks at collating and curation folk knowledge systems. Shilpa is currently a member of the Janapada Academy of Karnataka State Government representing Bidar, the northernmost district of Karnataka. She has recently moved out to Gulbarga to further her research in folk music forms of this region.

Satyendra Kumar

Satyendra Kumar is a Co-Founder of Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion (CSEI) and currently evolving a national collective of Dalit, Adivasi, Muslim, NTs/DNTs young leaders known as National Youth Equity Forum (NYEF). The organisation is concerned with deepening democracy and developing our body politic by promoting equity and social inclusion of marginalised children and young people for their social, economic and cultural (SEC) rights. Satyendra has completed his studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) along with several international exposure and training around leadership, community development and entrepreneurship education. With more than 15 years of working and networking experiences across the globe, his passion and expertise lies around youth rights and promotion of social equity and inclusion. He is also an Acumen fellow for 2019, CSIP Research fellow 2020 and EIR Fellow in CIE in IIIT-Hyderabad 2020.

Vinay Chandran (Sahaya - Queer Helpline)

Vinay is a peer counsellor on the Sahaya Telephone Helpline (estd. 2000) and has been providing support services for LGBTQIA+ people through Swabhava (estd. 1999). He is also a trainer and researcher and is currently working on looking at healthcare discrimination experiences of LGBTQIA+ people.

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