Some of the Following Bios Might be Dated
Aahung: Aahung is a Karachi-based NGO that works on improving the sexual and reproductive health of men, women and young people. Through capacity building and information dissemination, Aahung focuses on the creation of an enabling environment in Pakistan where people have comfort with their body, are practicing healthy behaviors and are able to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.
Abhishek Chaudhary: Abhishek Chaudhary aka makhee is a visual artist who works with photographs, fiction and forms of new media inquiries. You can view more of his work at www.rangeenmakhee.tumblr.com and on his instagram.
Aditi Rajgopal: A British-born Indian from England, she has contributed to the blog because of her interest in social issues and love for sport. Her other interests are reading, running and eating. Studying towards becoming a doctor, she is currently in Year 12 of school.
Aindrila Chaudhuri: An IT engineer who identifies as a sex positive, spiritual feminist. Has recently finished her post graduation in Women Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and is currently working as a Programme Associate at TARSHI.
Ajay Maherchandani: A law student, with his heart beating after social theory. He perennially imagines standing at India Gate and having kulfi at 0 degree temperature or enjoying the Bombay monsoons at Marine Drive. Thinking is like breathing to him. He mixes love with ordinary day-to-day living which involves washing utensils for his lover and flirting with strangers.
Akhil Katyal: A writer and translator based in Delhi. He finished his PhD on Sexuality and South Asia at SOAS, University of London. He currently teaches literature at Shiv Nadar University. His poetry and translations are widely published.
Alankaar Sharma: A social work educator, researcher, and practitioner focussing on sexual and gender-based violence, gender and sexuality, men and masculinities, and child abuse and protection. He has worked in India and internationally on issues such as child sexual abuse, violence against women, and sexual and reproductive health and rights; and in the USA as social work educator and researcher at two universities. He is currently doing research on sexual violence, editing an academic journal issue on ‘Men, Masculinities, and Violence’, and consults with civil society organisations on resource development and capacity building.
Almas Shamim: Almas has trained as a public health doctor from the Sree ChitraTirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology in Trivandrum. She has a great interest in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and feminism among Muslim women. She dreams of a world where all are equal, and works now with an international humanitarian aid organization in New Delhi.
Amrit Hallan: A professional content writer and a struggling literary writer. Cerebral palsied since birth, he thinks he knows a thing or two about the disability and hence, is working on a book on the topic. You can follow him on Twitter or find him on Facebook.
Anees Rao: An engineer by day, and writer by night. His other interests include trekking, teaching, personal finance and philosophy, but the boundaries between these disparate fields often get blurred when he thinks about them. He’s been happily married for two years and lives in Pune. He blogs at www.medium.com/@completebhejafry.
Anindita Majumdar: She has recently been awarded a doctorate in Sociology from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Her doctoral thesis was on commercial surrogacy and kinship, parts of which have been published in the Indian Journal of Gender Studies, Gender, Technology and Development, and Economic and Political Weekly.
Anisha Dutt : Anisha Dutt is a consultant with TARSHI. A human rights advocate, Anisha has previously worked in the Indian and American nonprofit world around issues of gender, violence and sexuality and has a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. She is also interested in alternative therapy and is currently a healing practitioner.
Anirban Ghosh: Storytelling fascinates Anirban as he uses his short films, documentaries and illustrations to narrate stories on gender, sexuality, human rights as well as mundane tales of growing up and the world around. A graduate in Mass Communication from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, Anirban specialized in Animation Film Design from National Institute of Design. Check out his portfolio.
Anita: An outreach worker with Vesya Anyay Mukti Parishad (VAMP) in Maharashtra, she contributed her story to this blog.
Aniruddhan Vasudevan: Aniruddhan is a writer, translator, and performer from Chennai.He is currently doing his PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. His English translation of Tamil novelist Perumal Murugan’s novel ‘Madhorubagan’ was published by Penguin India in 2013, entitled ‘One Part Woman’.
Anjora Sarangi: Anjora is presently volunteering with TARSHI and works as an Analyst at the Bharti Institute of Public Policy at the Indian School of Business (ISB). She has studied political science at Lady Shri Ram College and at the London School of Economics. Her interests are in gender and violence, women in politics and policy making, and education. Anjora has previously interned at Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT) and Youth Ki Awaaz. She loves exploring new food and all things Harry Potter. She can be reached at
Ankit Gupta: Has worked on issues ranging from sexual and gender rights and public safety to HIV and AIDS and environmental issues. He has been closely involved with a Delhi based queer youth group. His areas of interest include disability and queer issues. Currently he works as a Junior Programme Associate – Education and Outreach at TARSHI.
Ankita Khanna: Ankita is a counselling psychologist whose most-loved interests include children, books, writing, travel and dogs. She loves to engage with the magical, and often misunderstood, narratives of children and adolescents, and aspires to create ‘safe spaces’ for their voices to be heard. She blogs about the ‘big’ things that matter to ‘little’ people at Litte Bigger. She is a consultant counselling psychologist & arts-based therapist at Children First.
Annie McCarthy: A PhD student from the Australian National University who spent a year in Delhi doing fieldwork for her Anthropology PhD, and along the way made many happy memories and equally as many mistakes trying to navigate issues of gender and sexuality in this new context.
Anshul Tiwari: Anshul is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Youth Ki Awaaz, which is India’s largest online platform for young people to express themselves on issues of importance. He is also a Director on the Board of Collectively, a global platform that uses the power of positivity and collaboration to make sustainability the new norm, through stories of young people who stand against the status quo. He has been a UN awardee for innovation in crowd-sourcing and youth empowerment. He currently heads the strategic vision and expansion of Youth Ki Awaaz.
Anubhav Gupta: Anubhav is a Delhi based media professional and founder of Jeevan Trust. Having done master’s in media from India’s leading media institute at Jamia, he has worked with print, electronic and cyber media both in regular and freelance capacities. He also enjoys anchoring and editing novels. A published poet, avid traveler and photographer, Anubhav opened his non profit Jeevan trust in 2010 to promote socially responsible media, having worked extensively on gender and rare genetic condition called Albinism.
Arti Jaiman: Arti is the station director of Gurgaon Ki Awaaz Samudayik Radio, a community radio that has been a broadcast platform for local villagers and migrant workers since 2009. A journalist by training, Arti graduated with an MA in journalism from Indiana Univeristy, Bloomington. Her current interests include arts in education, democracy and freedom of expression, and stories of migration.
Artika Raj: Living and loving in Delhi, she enjoys reading, eating, watching and playing hopscotch. With a Post-Graduate degree in English Literature from Miranda House Delhi University tucked under her pyjama strings, Artika earned her last salary as Associate Editor of First City magazine, an art and culture guide to Delhi.
Arpita Bohra: Is bringing Dance Movement Therapy sessions to more people and understanding the multiple ways that healing and recovery are possible. A writer and a dance movement therapist-in-training, who holds a Masters in Counselling from TISS, Mumbai. Read more of her writings.
Arvind Narrain: Arvind Narrain is currently the Geneva Director of Arc International, an NGO which works on advocacy on LGBT issues at the international level. Prior to this assignment Arvind co-founded and worked with the Alternative Law Forum for 15 years. He is the co-editor of Because I have a Voice, Law like Love, and Nothing to Fix. As part of the ALF, Arvind was a part of the team of lawyers who litigated the constitutionality of the anti-homosexuality law in India both at the High Court and at the Supreme Court.
Ashima Mittal: She has a Master’s Degree in Sociology and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Delhi. She has a keen interest in the relationship between science and culture.
Asilata Karandikar: She is a researcher at the Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT), Mumbai.
Asmi: An individual voice for individual freedom, irrespective of controversy within the normative society, as well as that of the non-normative, she has for long struggled with her inner desires, has interacted quite a bit with the life and people around her, trying to make sense of this world and life. She doesn’t herself identify as LGB or T and believes that fluidity needs no labels. Poetry is a medium of expression for her and she enjoys writing avidly alongside reading, singing and creative art.
Barbara Lotti: A Programme Officer for Money (Economic Justice) at Mama Cash. Prior to joining Mama Cash, she was a researcher on minority language communities in Europe, and studied Classics, Italian and text linguistics.
Bharti Kannan: A dance enthusiast who needs to resume dancing, a host to the travel bug that needs a bit of a hibernation, and a body and mind that has huge affinity for chocolates and anything sweet, Bharti survives and thrives in the hope of learning and healing from life experiences.
Bishakha Datta: An Indian filmmaker and activist and a former journalist. She runs Point of View, a Mumbai based non-profit and also supports and/or serves on the board of nonprofit organizations, such as CREA, and the Wikimedia Foundation.
Breakthrough: A global human rights organization. Their mission is to prevent violence against women and girls by transforming the norms and cultures that enable it. They carry out this mission by building a critical mass of change agents worldwide – the Breakthrough Generation – whose bold collective action will deliver irreversible impact on the issues of our time. Working out of centers in India and the U.S., they create innovative, relevant multimedia tools and programs – from short animations to long-term leadership training – that reach individuals and institutions where they are, inspiring and equipping them to build a world in which all people enjoy their human rights.
Chayanika Shah: An optimist activist at heart, a physicist by training and a teacher by choice. She has campaigned, researched, taught and written on politics of population control, communalism, feminist studies of science, and sexuality. She has been an active member of two autonomous voluntary collectives in Mumbai – Forum Against Oppression of Women and LABIA – A Queer Feminist LBT Collective. Her co-authored books include, ‘No Outlaws in the Gender Galaxy’, ‘Bharat Ki Chaap’ (a companion book for the documentary of the same name), and ‘We and Our Fertility: The Politics of Technological Intervention’.
Damini Kulkarni: Has a Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. Damini has conducted gender sensitization workshops for 14- to 16-year-olds on apprehending different forms of stereotypical gender portrayals in the media. She currently works as a News Curator for Scroll.in.
Debanuj DasGupta: Debanuj’s current activism and research travels take him through India, UK and the US focusing on issues of national security, migration, and embodied justice. A Doctoral Candidate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University Debanuj co-founded the first HIV and AIDS prevention project among men-who-have-sex-with-men and gay men in Kolkata in 1994. He is the recipient of the New Voices Fellowship (Ford Foundation and Academy for Educational Development), Association of American Geographers National Awards in Disability Studies, The Space, Sexuality, and Queer Research Group of the Royal Geographic Society/Institute of British Geographers International Travel Award, and has been one of the key members of the ‘Lift the Ban Coalition’ which effectively removed the HIV ban on travel and immigration to the US in 2010. He serves in advisory capacities for several philanthropic and research bodies, and for policy formations.
Debolina Dutta: Debolina Dutta is currently pursuing a PhD at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities, Melbourne Law School. She has co-directed the documentary film We are Foot Soldiers (2011) which tells a story of the activism of children of sex workers in Sonagachi, Kolkata. Some of her writings are available at https://unimelb.academia.edu/DebolinaDutta
Deepa Ranganathan: Deepa is a part-time writer, full-time reader, rumoured activist and an alleged feminist. She loves to blog when not feeling particularly moody and has a keen interest for erotic literature. Currently, she works as a Communications & Outreach Associate at Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT), a New Delhi based not-for-profit organization that aims to empower women by increasing their access, interest and participation in technology.
Dipika Srivastava: Has a keen interest and experience in training and on reproductive and sexual health related issues.With a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development and Management from the Institute of Engineering and Rural Technology, Allahabad, she has worked in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights for over five years.
Disha Luthra: A student of Political Science, she has interned at TARSHI.
Divya Swaminathan: A computational biophysicist currently working at the University of California, Irvine. She can’t help but notice that in ten years of her academic life she is yet to work with another woman. She aspires to write about her experiences as a scientist and an expat.
Edwina Pereira : Program Director – Training, at INSA-India. She believes that all children are born to be loved and to be made able to live life to their fullest potential.
Edward Kannyo: Ph.D., teaches International Relations, Comparative Politics and Human Rights, among other courses in the Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA). He was born and got his early education in Uganda (East Africa). He got his doctorate in Political Science from Yale University (USA).
Ekta : Is interested in understanding the education system, its curriculum, planning and teacher training designs; gender and violence; and working with children and adolescents on sexuality related issues. She learns through and thoroughly enjoys travelling, play, dance and conversations. Currently working as a Counselor with Shri Ram School, Gurgaon. Ekta is a Post-Graduate in Psychology from Dr. Ambedkar university, Delhi.
Empower : A Thai organization promoting rights and opportunities for sex workers for the last 30 years. Over 50,000 women have been a part of Empower since it began.
Erik Heinonen: A journalist and aid worker, Erik currently conducts research on food security and health issues for the non-profit One Acre Fund in Burundi. He also co-directs a Kenyan non-profit, the Education and Social Empowerment Program, and has previously worked on development and health projects in Moldova, Ukraine, Tajikistan, Panama and the United States. He holds a MA in International Relations from Yale University.
EroTICs India: The EroTICs project explores the intersections between sexuality, gender and digital technologies and was initiated by the Association for Progressive Communications. Point of View is the India partner of EroTICs and runs the blog: www.eroticsindia.org
Flavia Agnes: A legal scholar and women’s rights lawyer who has been able to combine her legal scholarship with active litigation support to victims of domestic and sexual violence. Her widely published writings have provided a vital context for feminist jurisprudence, human rights law and gender studies in india. She is the director of majlis legal centre that is committed to the protection and promotion of women’s legal rights.
Gayatri Mohan: Gayatri Mohan is 13 years old and lives in New Delhi. She attends DPS RK Puram and loves writing. She is a feminist.
Geetanjali Misra: Geetanjali Misra is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of CREA. She has worked at the activist, grant-making, and policy levels on issues of sexuality, reproductive health, gender, human rights, and violence against women. She co-founded SAKHI for South Asian Women in New York in 1989, a non-profit organisation in New York, committed to ending violence against women of South Asian origin.
Gilles Chuyen: Gilles is a French born artist who has been dancing, acting, choreographing and directing in India for the last 20 years. Passionate about colour, he travels the five continents to share love and light.
Greeshma Gireesh : Currently pursuing her MPhil from JNU. She is constantly found staring into space ever since she lost the sea from her childhood to the city of Delhi. At other times, she will be found strolling through the city with a book and a cup of coffee in hand.
Gunjan Chandak Khemka is a mental health professional dabbling in writing, photography and travel. She finds comfort in bursting bubble wrap, turning to chocolates and a book to retreat from her chaotic life, and constantly forging newer connections with the reality outside of her inner world.
Harjant Gill works as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Towson University, Maryland, USA. He received his PhD from the American University. His research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity, transnational migration and popular culture in India. Gill is also an award-winning filmmaker and has made several ethnographic films that have screened at film festivals, academic conferences and on television networks worldwide including BBC, Doordarshan and PBS. His website is www.tilotamaproductions.com.
Hira Nabi: Her research interests include history of South Asian cinema, sonic environments, media archaeology, queer subcultures, commute routes and public transportation for women, technology and colonialism. Her visual work has shown in Cuba, Mexico, Pakistan, and USA. An MA candidate in Media Studies at the New School, she graduated with a BA in Video, Gender Theory and Postcolonial Studies from Hampshire College.
Ishani Dey: Ishani is a part-time researcher and full-time cinephile. She consumes media indiscriminately and calls it ‘research’ for her PhD in Cinema Studies from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her current work is centered on cinema’s digital desires and its strive to escape somatic scrutiny. She has a knack for alliteration and harbours a special love for the “pool of movies your mama told you not to watch” (Joe Bob Briggs, 2008).
Jamal Siddiqui: Jamal is a transman who works in a corporate office in Gurugram. He is a member of Nazariya’s group called Soch and is passionate about transmen’s issues. In his free time, he loves to read spiritual books and watch sci-fi movies. He also loves playing with his and his partner’s cats.
James Scott Edwards: His works as an artist are the best representation of what he is all about. Heavily inspired by the ‘less explored’, he occasionally dabbles into the world around him, the tenets and bastions of society, sometimes giving a new dimension to his favorite sentence — ‘always question!’
Janet Price: A disabled feminist who is based in Liverpool, UK, and Taranaki, New Zealand. She is actively involved in queercrip politics and is on the board of DaDaFest, a disability and Deaf arts organisation in Liverpool. She teaches at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, works with CREA, a feminist and sexuality rights organisation in Delhi, India, and with a coalition of groups working in disability, sexuality and justice across Africa.
Japleen Pasricha: Japleen smashes the patriarchy for a living! Founder & editor-in-chief of Feminism In India, she is a sex-positive intersectional feminist activist, educator, writer, campaigner and researcher. She is a solo traveller, former German lecturer and wishes to write feminist short stories for children and young adults. Tweets @japna_p
Jasmine George: A feminist, artist, and an activist who believes in being actively involved with society. Her legal background has not yet stopped her from engaging with her first love: pleasure and sexuality. She shares her thoughts and ramblings in her blog.
Jaya Sharma: A researcher and writer based in New Delhi, India. She has been working on issues of gender and education for over twenty years. She is founder member of Nirantar, a Centre for Gender and Education based in New Delhi. She has also co-founded queer activist forums based in Delhi. She has worked on issues of sexuality with a focus on building linkages between the queer movement and other movements such as the women’s movement. Jaya was actively engaged with issues related to Sexuality Education through research and advocacy. She was also intensively involved with NGOs working with rural women from marginalized communities, through workshops and educational material on sexuality. She seeks to draw upon her experiences and activism as a queer, kinky, feminist in her writing.
Jaya Tiwari: With a degree in human development from SNDT University and a BA in home science from Delhi University, Jaya has worked on HIV and sexuality issues for Naz Foundation and V.V. Giri National Labour Institute. From 2009-14, she worked as coordinator of Standard Chartered Bank’s initiative ‘Goal program’ (www.goal-girls.com) in Delhi. Since 2014, she is the Direct Implementation Manager, Goal Program, Delhi and Mumbai.
Jhilmil Breckenridge: Jhilmil Breckenridge is a poet, writer, artist, wanderer, and yogini. She has an MBA from Boston University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster. She works in mental health and domestic violence advocacy, and is Fiction Editor for Open Road Review, Editor at The Woman Inc., and Managing Trustee of Bhor.
Jyoti Bajpai: ज्योति CREA के ‘इट्स माय बॉडी’ प्रोग्राम के अंतर्गत प्रोग्राम कोऑर्डिनेटर की भूमिका निभा रही हैं। इन्होंने २००८ में समाज कार्य में स्नातकोत्तर किया और लगभग पाँच साल से महिलाओं के स्वास्थ्य सम्बंधित मुद्दों पर काम कर रहीं हैं। (Jyoti works with CREA, a feminist and sexuality rights organization in Delhi, India, as a program coordinator for the ‘It’s my body’ program. She has been working on women’s health issues for over five years.)
Jyotsna Khatry: Jyotsna Khatry is an independent filmmaker and freelance videographer. She has worked on issues of minority and child rights, and her independent work is predominantly on child trafficking. She is currently working on a documentary film on child trafficking in Chhattisgarh, India. Jyotsna lives in New Delhi.
Johnson Thomas: Johnson is a social worker, film-critic, journalist, writer, biographer, Suicide, Depression and Substance abuse Counsellor, Hypnotherapst, Soft-Skills trainer based in Mumbai. He is the founder/director of AASRA , an NGO working in the field of suicide & depression for the past 14 years, and the co-ordinator of the NGO forum of Navi Mumbai consisting of 70 NGOs working in diverse fields of social welfare. He has worked as a freelance journalist and film critic for the past 17 years, writing for various Indian publications.
Juhi Sidharth: Juhi has engaged with issues of gender and sexuality in her academic and professional life for the past ten years. Her recently completed doctoral thesis from the University of Cambridge, UK focused on the everyday lived experiences of sexuality among adolescent girls in a slum community in Mumbai. She has a passion for photography, cinema and exploring new cities and cultures. At present, she works as a sexuality educator in the schools of Gujarat.
Kalki: Kalki Subramaniam is a transgender rights activist, actress, entrepreneur and the founder of ‘Sahodari Foundation’ an organization working for the social, economic and political empowerment of transgender persons in India.
Kamal Gautam: A graduate in Public Health is a SRHR activist. His professional experience includes working on issues of gender-based violence, young people’s SRHR and its advocacy. Mr. Gautam has been contributing to Comprehensive Sexuality Education and prepared a parallel curriculum, and has been training students, teachers and stakeholders across Kathmandu valley and many parts of Nepal. Currently, he is working with International Medical Corps as SRH Program officer, member in YUWA and with Visible Impact as an advisor. Earlier, he worked as Board Member and SRHR Program Coordinator at YUWA, Global Youth Ambassador at A world at School and a Council Member of Youth Activists Leadership Council.
Kavya Kartik: Currently a student at Jindal Global Law School. She has a degree in Physics and enjoys reading feminist theory, looking at photos of baby animals, and watching more TV shows than humanly possible. She’d love to get on one of those commercial flights into outer space!
Ketaki Chowkhani: Ketaki is a PhD student in Women’s Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her doctoral research is on Adolescent Sexuality and Sexuality Education in contemporary urban India.
Kristin Francoueur:Proud feminist Kristin N. Francoeur is a PhD candidate focusing on reproductive justice issues in India and the U.S. When not advocating for safe abortion, food justice, and transnational feminism, she enjoys trail running and camping, enthusiastic cooking, and trying to speak comprehensible Hindi.
Lean Deleon: He likes to decenter masculinity wherever he goes. Philippine-born, bay area-raised, Thailand residing, Lean likes to straddle in the margins of power and identity. He says, ‘If you are down with radical Marxist feminist queer 3rd world hustling politics, let’s cuddle, read books and organize to smash systems of oppressions.’
Lekha Sharma:Pursuing her Master’s in Sociology at the SAARC-established South Asian University in New Delhi, and has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Delhi University. Lekha is interested in issues related to women and society.
Lekha Sridhar: Lekha is a lawyer from Delhi and is currently living in Germany under the Humboldt International Climate Protection Fellowship. She blogs about movies in her free time at: www.reviewerswithoutborders.blogspot.com.
Liz Hilton: An Australian woman who has been living outside her land and language for more than 20 years. She is a part of Empower Foundation in Thailand. Empower has taught her the value of art as advocacy and the benefits of speaking and listening without words.
Lucie Bernroider: Lucie Bernroider is pursuing a PhD in Anthropology from Heidelberg University, Germany. Her work forms part of the EU-funded project SINGLE which looks at the experiences of single women in Delhi and Shanghai. Before coming to Heidelberg, she studied Anthropology and Political Science in Vienna. Her interests are located at the intersections of feminist critique, politics, urbanisation and collective memory. She is also an avid reader and is obsessively missing Indian food.
Malina Sulaiman: Malina is a contemporary Afghan artist. She is also a painter, sculptor, graffiti artist, teacher and a top notch creator.
Malini Chib: An Indian disability rights activist and author who has cerebral palsy. She currently works for Tata Consultancy Services, London. She wrote the book One Little Finger over the course of two years by typing with only one finger. In 2011, the Indian Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment awarded Malini the National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in the category Role Model. She has a BA from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and a masters degree in Gender Studies from Institute of Education, University of London.
Mamatha Karollil: Mamatha Karollil teaches at Ambedkar University Delhi. Which gives her some space and time to think and talk through, issues such as the above; she teaches things related to gender, sexuality, psychology/psychoanalysis. Among the few things she is grateful for.
Manak Matiyani: A freelance trainer and consultant, he has a Masters degree in Mass Communications from AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, and has worked on various independent documentary film projects on issues of gender and rights.
Manjima Bhattacharjya: Manjima Bhattacharjya is a sociologist and feminist activist based in Mumbai. This piece is adapted from her monograph ‘Sex Work Geographies’ (2012) as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Urban Aspirations Project, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Mansi Wadhwa: Due to the transferable nature of her parents’ jobs, Mansi has lived in many Indian cities and in that sense, can be described as a ‘migrant’ herself. This movement has helped her develop an ability to get a bird’s eye view of things which she hopes to use to her advantage in analysing public policies and systems. Mansi is a learner at heart, and loves to read and write poetry. She graduated from the University of Delhi with a degree in Political Science and is hoping to study and work in the area of public policy.
Maya Krishna Rao: She creates her own performances, sometimes solo, other times collaboratively, with sound, space designers and film makers. She engages school children and teachers in the use of drama as a teaching device in the class room. Maya also performs stand up comedy. Amongst her shows that have travelled different countries and have been received with acclaim are Khol Do, The Job, A Deeper Fried Jam (a theatre rock show), Heads Are Meant For Walking Into, The-4-Wheel – Drive – “Come – to – me – Mr. Sharma” – Bodyfat – Murdered – Show’… (Comedy in episodes), Ravanama (dance theatre) and her latest Walk made in response to the horrific gangrape and subsequent death of Jyoti Pande. Maya received the Sangeet Natak Award for Acting in 2010.
Medha Gandhi:Currently an Ipas Policy Advisor where she focuses on advocating for increasing access to safe abortion services for women in India. Prior to joining Ipas, Medha was a Consultant Adolescent Health at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Medha also hosts radio shows on AIR FM Rainbow.
Meena Saraswathi Seshu and Aarthi Pai: Meena Saraswathi Seshu is the general secretary of Sampada Gramin Mahila Sanstha (SANGRAM), an HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and support organisation working with marginalised people in Maharashtra. Aarthi Pai is a lawyer and currently working as the Director of the Centre for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalisation (CASAM) in SANGRAM.
MEF: It produces and distributes video documentaries to encourage critical thinking and debate about the relationship between media ownership, commercial media content, and the democratic demand for free flows of information, diverse representations of ideas and people, and informed citizen participation.
Meghna Bohidar: A believer in naïve and irrational Bollywood love as a way-of-being, Meghna holds an incurably optimistic view of human beings. She is currently an M.Phil scholar at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai) and is exploring the performances of love in urban public spaces.
Moulshri Mohan:Moulshri Mohan works at TARSHI. She studied Psychology and English, and likes thinking about feminist culture and new media.
Mukesh: A contributor to the Orinam blog, he loves being vegan and queer when he is not lost running the trails in a rain forest, biking between cities and hiking through the mountains. He understands geology and works in the construction industry.
Namrata Chatterjee: A student of class eleven and lives in Lucknow. She has a passion for psychology. She loves talking and has an ability to understand emotions easily.
Neha Naqvi: Has been working on human rights, sexuality and gender justice issues for the last eight years. She has a weakness for TARSHI and Alison Bechdel (in equal measure).Is a Bachelor of Laws from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research and a Master of Laws from Columbia University.
Neetika Vishwanath: A young feminist lawyer. She has directly intervened in cases of human rights violations and violence against women and children including sexual violence. Her areas of interest include gender studies, constitutional law, human rights law, access to justice.
Nikzad Zangeneh: A 26 year old feminist activist and a freelance researcher from Iran, her research focuses on women’s issues especially SRHR and violence against women.
Nilesh Mondal: Nilesh Mondal, 22, is an undergraduate in power engineering by day, and struggling poet by night.His works have been published in the Ghazal Page, Hans India, Cafe Dissensus, Textploit, etc. He works at Terribly Tiny Tales, an online storytelling platform.
Nirantar: Nirantar is a feminist organisation that works on issues of gender and education, promoting literacy and access to information and engendering the education process in diverse contexts. Through grassroots interventions, research, training, creating educational resources, advocacy and engagement with the women’s movement, the organisation brings issues of equity and gender centre stage in the arena of education.
Niyati Dave: A recent graduate of Smith College, where she majored in Art History and learned how to walk on ice without slipping. She currently lives in Mumbai, where she grew up, and is working on a personal, narrative project that examines gender in relation to public spaces and ideas of modernity and urbanity. She is interested in diaspora, migration and gender and sexuality studies and hopes to figure out how to be an adult soon.
Noopur Raval: Noopur Raval is a PhD student at the University of California, Irvine. She is passionate about technology, labour, gender and sexuality. When she is not researching sociotechnical phenomena, she loves eating, traveling and writing. She tweets @tetisheri.
Oindrila DuttaGupta: Belonging to a bunch of young, concerned women and men who are ready to do whatever it takes to bring a positive change.
Oishik Sircar: Currently based at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities at the Melbourne Law School. Oishik is the co-director of the documentary film ‘We are Foot Soldiers’ (PSBT, 2011), and is the co-editor of ‘New Intimacies/ Old Desires: Law, Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times’ (Zubaan, forthcoming). Oishik’s writings are available at: https://unimelb.academia.edu/OishikSircar
Oshin Siao Bhatt: Oshin studied Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics and is interested in Media studies, Urban studies and Performance Arts. She enjoys reading, discovering new places and experimenting with food.
Padmini Iyer: Padmini is currently in the final year of her PhD in International Education at the University of Sussex. Her PhD research explores young people’s experiences of Gender and Sexuality in Delhi secondary schools, and from 2013 – 2014, she spent nine months in Delhi carrying out research with Class 11 students in three co-educational secondary schools.
Pallavi: A full-time nerd and a part time activist who passionately captures the world around, through her lenses! A postgraduate in Gender Studies, her work revolves around understanding the female gamer’s subjectivity in the recent video game debate (Feminist Frequency vs #gamergate), trying to open up the tricky terrains of sexuality, pleasure and violence through the feminist positions of the actors in the debate.
Parigya Sharma: A Delhi based feminist researcher. Her interests include gender, sexuality and sexual health, feminist history and queer politics.
Paromita Vohra: Afilmmaker and writer who works with fiction and non-fiction on themes of feminism, desire, urban life and popular culture. More at www.parodevipictures.com. Less @parodevi
Partners For Law in Development: PLD (pldindia.org) is a legal resource group committed to the realisation of social justice and equality for all women. We believe that the attainment of women’s equality is integral to the pursuit of social justice; and rights are necessary means by which discrimination and marginalisation be challenged, and equality facilitated.
Parvati Sharma: Author of ‘The Dead Camel and Other Stories of Love’, ‘Close to Home’, and a book for children called ‘The Story of Babur’. She lives in New Delhi, and rarely goes to film festivals anymore, though she spends far more time than she should on Netflix.
Pattie Gonsalves: She works in the area of health and arts. She heads research for Agenda 1 in New Delhi, a research project working to identify the root causes normalizing issues of abuse and violence against children and adolescents and leads Institutional Advancement at Global Music Institute (GMI). She is also the co-founder of Music Basti and has worked with organizations including UNICEF, Mirada Medical and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). She studied population health at the University of Oxford.
Point of View: A Mumbai-based non-profit platform that brings the points of view of women into community, social, cultural and public domains through media, art and culture. For more, please visit their website: http://www.pointofview.org/
Pooja Badarinath: Working at CREA as a Programme Coordinator, Advocacy and Research, she is keenly interested in understanding the relationship between law and sexuality and the way they interact with each other.
Pooja Paul: Pooja Paul works at TARSHI. She has a Master’s in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and her interests lie in working on issues of sexual and reproductive health and health disparities.
Prachi Srivastava: A consultant psychologist, Social Skills Trainer and Behaviour Management Advisor. She has always believed in being the connecting link in the triad of educators, parents and the child (with/without special needs). She runs her independent setup for counseling children and adolescents, STAPOO which is based on the philosophy of ‘birds fly, fish swim and children play’.
Pramada Menon: A stand up performance artist, her show Fat, Feminist and Free takes a tongue-in-cheek look at gender and sexuality issues. She has also made a documentary film And You Thought You Knew Me – a look at the lives of five People Assigned Gender Female at Birth.
Price of Silence: Price of Silence is a global grassroots performing arts collective that brings to life the global struggle for women’s rights to life on stage for audiences to live and breathe tragedy, action and resistance in action live to engender a culture of unity to dismantle all forms of violence against women structurally and physically.
P. V. Swati: Her research interests are around migration studies, sexuality and queer movements and she has worked with several organisations engaged with issues related to gender.. She is pursuing her Masters in Women’s Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She is also a travel enthusiast, an experimental photographer and a keen lingerie collector.
Rachel Wotton: A sex worker since 1994, working both in Australia and overseas. Rachel’s previous roles as International Spokesperson for Scarlet Alliance and as a peer Outreach Officer at SWOP NSW, gave her the opportunity to present sex worker issues at numerous local and international conferences, while networking with sex workers from around the globe. A huge fan of stand up comedy, she hopes one day to do a world tour of all the major Comedy Festivals. Her dream is to meet Sir Richard Branson and is still waiting for his call…’
Radhika Chandiramani: Trained as a clinical psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), she founded TARSHI in 1996. She has co-edited Sexuality, Gender and Rights: Exploring Theory and Practice in South and Southeast Asia (Sage, 2005) and authored the popular Good Times for Everyone: Sexuality Questions, Feminist Answers.
Ragamalika Karthikeya: A journalist, writer, policy wonk and none of the above at the same time. After working with mainstream news channels for a few years, she decided to jump ship to the policy space with the LAMP Fellowship. Currently, she’s looking for inspiration while working with some Members of Parliament.
Ramya Anand Works at TARSHI and is a consultant with RUWSEC (Rural Women’s Social Education Centre). She works on issues related to sexuality and reproductive health and rights. An enthusiastic learner, she also constantly craves food and travel.
Rangana Rupavi Choudhuri: International author, speaker and trainer Dr. Rangana Rupavi Choudhuri (PhD) is a dynamic leader in the coaching and counseling field. She graduated from Oxford University, has led international businesses and now spearheads a global learning organisation, Vitality Living College, and delivers seminars and certification in emotional well-being, coaching and spirituality.
Rashmi Gopi: Rashmi Gopi teaches in the University of Delhi. Her special focus of investigation has been on the question of how masculinity and femininity are constructed in contexts, and how they are used as tools of both empowerment and oppression.
Reena Khatoon:Reena works with The YP Foundation as Manager of the Know Your Body Know Your Rights Program. Reena comes with extensive experience in community mobilization, training, developing IEC materials in Hindi and supporting community groups to advocate and lobby for human rights issues, especially on women’s rights issues.
Rishita Nandagiri: Rishita Nandagiri is an SRHR policy wonk, writer, and researcher. An overly-opinionated feminist who talks too much, she hosts ‘The Quietude’ a (fledgling) feminist podcast; and tweets about nothing in particular on @rishie_
Rola Yasmine: She is a reproductive sexual health researcher, feminist, activist, registered nurse, happy hour expert, and sometimes a DJ. Based in Beirut, Lebanon.
Rupsa Mallik: Rupsa Mallik is Director, Programmes and Innovation at CREA. Over a decade and a half Rupsa has been engaged in advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equity and justice in various capacities. She holds a Masters degree in Women and Development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands.
Ruth Gould: Artistic Director of DaDaFest, she is trained in performance arts, speech and drama from Liverpool Theatre School. She is on the Board of Contact Theatre, a Governor of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and an advisory member for Granada Foundation and Liverpool City Council Tourism and Culture Select Committee. Ruth is passionate about Disability and Deaf arts.
Saba Ismail: Co-founder and Executive Director Aware Girls. She is a feminist and is working for women’s rights in Pakistan. She is in Foreign Policy’s list of leading global thinkers.
Sai Jyothirmai Racherla: Programme Manager, Monitoring, Research and Advocacy at ARROW. Sai has been involved in monitoring of women human rights especially sexual and reproductive health and rights for the past 11 years. Over a career span of 17 years, Sai had worked at various levels- grassroots, district, state, national, regional, and international organisations and has developed grounded perspectives on issues of gender, women’s health, SRHR, poverty, food security, sexuality, health sector reforms, right to health, social determinants of health. Sai holds a Masters Degree in Nutrition (MSc) and a Diploma in Population Studies.
Sakshi Bhatia: A freelance artist and a film professional she is currently in Delhi pursuing Fine Arts. After dropping out from Delhi University, she went on to assist imminent film directors such as Anusha Rizvi (Peepli Live), Deepa Mehta (Midnight’s Children) and Kiran Rao (Dhobi Ghat) amongst various others. In the last couple of years she has edited two short films one of which was awarded The Best Short Film Prize in New York (Good Morning, SAIFF 2011) and another that gained theatrical release in India (The Last Act, 2012).
Sama: A Delhi based resource group working on issues of women’s health and rights. Sama has been involved in research, advocacy and capacity building on Assisted Reproductive Technologies and surrogacy for several years and has systematically mapped the industry now a major part of the global medical-reproductive tourism industry.
Sami S: Sami was born with the burning, albeit closeted desire, to write trashy, lesbian, romantic and/or murder-mystery novels. It took many long years of pretending to write straight-up, good quality fiction before she finally came out to herself. She edits and proofreads for a living, and makes grand plans on a daily basis. She volunteers with Orinam, a queer collective in Chennai.
SANGRAM: SANGRAM is a health and human rights NGO based in the rural districts of western Maharashtra and north Karnataka that works to address social inequality and to promote justice amongst marginalised communities, discriminated against because of sexual preference, sex work, HIV status, gender, caste and religious minority.
Sarah Holland Bacot: A queer feminist activist from the Southern US and a recent graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, currently, she is traveling the world as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, exploring queer community and visibility through Pride parades and community organisations. Check out her blog.
Sarah Soysa: A passionate activist in the sexual and reproductive health and rights field with a special focus on gender, she is a part of Asia Safe Abortion Partnership, as advocacy and development are two areas she is very interested in. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in Sri Lanka and is currently reading for her Masters in Gender and Development at the University of Melbourne.
Sashwati Banerjee: She leads Sesame Workshop’s educational mission in India to create innovative and engaging content that maximizes the educational power of all media to help children reach their highest potential. Sashwati truly believes that creativity in communication can bring about transformational change in society. Sashwati also serves on the Board of Point of View, an organization that promotes the points of views of women using media, arts and culture, and CREA, a feminist human rights organization based in New Delhi, India.
Sexuality and Disability Website: A website that starts with the premise that women who are disabled are sexual beings – just like any other woman. For more information on the work they do, please visit: www.sexualityanddisability.org.
Shaifali Agrawal: Currently volunteering at TARSHI, works as an independent journalist, interested in art, culture, and gender. She is an alumna of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Delhi; and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on twitter @shaifalihere
Shalini Khanna: Shalini has been working with disabled women and children since 1998, on education, rehabilitation, and employment, especially for people with visual impairment. She is also empanelled with several companies including government organizations on their sexual harassment (prevention) committees and has been conducting awareness sessions. Having done her masters in English literature and in industrial relations and personnel management, her main occupation had been market and social research. She has also been involved in various monitoring and research projects with the government.
Shalini Sinha :A parent, based in New Delhi. She occasionally writes on disability issues. She has written about her experience with her special needs son in an edited volume ‘Mothers and Others’, published by Zubaan Books.
Shambhawi Vikram : A post graduate student at Delhi University, studying English Literature. Shambhawi freaks out when she has to talk of her career plans because she never really has a clue, sometimes wanting to do everything and at times absolutely nothing. Swinging between these two extremes, it seems like she will be flirting around quite a bit with gender and sexuality for some time to come.
Shampa Sengupta: An activist working on disability and gender issues for the past 25 years. She works for Sruti Disability Rights Centre. She is also elected as Executive Committee member of the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD India).
Shantha Rau Barriga: She is the Director of the Disability Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. She is responsible for overseeing research and advocacy on discrimination and human rights violations against persons with disabilities worldwide. She has worked on a range of issues including violence and barriers to education and health care.
Sheba Remy Kharbanda: A metaphysician, filmmaker, visual artist and storyteller born in West London and currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. With feet metaphorically located in different parts of the world, much of her work focuses on the liminal: on belonging/not belonging and the ‘neither here nor there’.
Shilo Shiv Suleman: An Indian illustrator, animator, visual artist and a feminist leader of the Fearless campaign based in the city of Bangalore, her primary area of interest is visual storytelling through multiple mediums. She has also been actively involved in setting up community art projects and collectives that get people to appreciate and create street art in their surroundings, as well as use art and design to bring socially relevant issues in India to the forefront.
Shikha Aleya : Reads, writes, walks with dogs as a reasonable option to running with wolves. Partner at Caregivers Link, and consultant with TARSHI and with Bapu Trust for Research on Mind and Discourse, focusing on health, disability, gender and rights issues. A post-graduate from XLRI, graduated from Hindu college, Delhi University.
Shilpa Phadke: A writer and an academician. She is currently working as an Assistant Professor and Dean at the SMCS (School of Media and Cultural Studies) department in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Has co authored a book called ‘Why Loiter: Women and Risk on Mumbai’s Streets’ and published several essays and journals on the issues of feminist parenting, gender and the politics of space, etc.
Shivani Gupta: A feminist at heart and a wander/loiterer, Shivani loves to interact with everyone on the ideas of feminism, love and sexuality. She loves to read books ranging from politics to passion to local chick flick. At the same time, she immensely enjoys writing about everything though her passion lies in women, performance studies and sexuality. She has been working on issue of women, technology and feminism for a few years now, including her current job with Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT) where she looks after Advocacy and Research.
Shohini Ghosh: A Sajjad Zaheer Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia University, India. She has been visiting professor at Cornell University, and a fellow at the University of Chicago. Ghosh directed ‘Tales of the Nightfairies’ (2002), a film about the sex workers’ struggle for rights in Kolkata, India. She is author of the volume on Deepa Mehta’s ‘Fire’ for the Queer Classics Series published by Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver, Canada and Orient Paperbacks, Delhi, India. Ghosh is co-founder of the Mediastorm Collective, an all-women documentary collective. She researches and writes on film, television, speech, censorship and sexuality. Her current work is titled ‘Violence and the Outsider: Bombay Cinema and the Spectre of the Muslim’.
Shraddha Mahilkar: Shraddha Mahilkar is a post graduate in Clinical Psychology from University of Delhi. Working on issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights at TARSHI. She is drawn towards good conversations, loves travelling, food and writing. Has creative inclination which she exhibits not only through her writing but also through her passion for wood work.
Shrenik: A Delhi based independent filmmaker who has made several shorts, many of which have been screened and critically acclaimed at various film festivals around the globe. His first love is fiction though he is currently a creative director of his studio shortPlay films that engages in making concept wedding films and Product AVs. He has also worked with NDTV and produced several shows for them.
Shweta Ghosh: A filmmaker and researcher whose work explores cuisine, music, space, gender and disability. While her national award-winning documentary Accsex has been screened across India and abroad, her paper on food television in India has been published in an international peer-reviewed journal. A silver medalist from the School of Media and Cultural Studies (TISS) Mumbai, Shweta is happiest eating, writing and making films.
Shweta Krishnan: A feminist writer and multimedia producer based in Chennai, India. She has a background in clinical medicine and medical journalism. Through her work she explores the intersection of gender, religion and class. She also works for the inclusion of a human rights framework into public health services.
Shubha Kayastha: A feminist, working as a freelance researcher and trainer mostly in the issue around sexual and reproductive health and rights, and gender and sexuality. Currently doing her masters thesis around disability and sexuality.
Siddharth Narrain: A lawyer by training, and works as a research associate at Sarai-CSDS, Delhi, on a project related to violence, social media, and the law. He has worked previously as a journalist, and on human rights legal research and advocacy.
Sig: A member of the Kinky Collective (email@example.com).
Simran Luthra: Simran is an educator, who currently works with an organisation working towards improving the quality of learning in Indian schools. She holds Masters degrees in English Literature and Education and her research areas include gender, sexuality, language, pedagogy and humanistic education. She has co-founded T for Teacher, a not-for-profit which aims to improve the status of the Indian teacher.
Sivananthi Thanenthiran: Siva is currently the Executive Director of ARROW. Before joining ARROW, she explored different career choices in her life, which included teaching at a university, running a magazine across three countries and working for the United Nations. These different opportunities helped her discover her passion for writing and learning and form her ideals of working in partnerships and respecting diversity.
Smriti Dhingra: Smriti works on the Sexuality and Disability project (sexualityanddisability.org) at Point of View to create spaces, dialogue and conversations, and awareness about disability rights. She has a Master’s degree in Disability Studies & Action from TISS, Mumbai. Her conversations over chai are about making spaces accessible for people (of all genders) with disability.
Sonia Soans: Currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology in Manchester (UK). Her work focuses on the intersections of mental illness, gender, sexuality and culture and how they produce narratives which are tied to nationalism. Twitter id -@SoniaSoanspsy
Sonal Sood: Sonal Sood is a couples and family therapist trained from King’s College London. She has been associated with the mental health field for the past 17 years and moved into private practice 3 years ago. Sonal feels she has a real curiosity about how people think and how they relate to one another.
Suchitra Dalvie: A gynecologist with more than 10 years of experience in the field of development. She has worked for reproductive health and rights with national, regional and global organizations. Currently, she is the Coordinator of the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership and a Steering Committee Member at CommonHealth. Best known for her strong prochoice views and her unflinching support for safe abortion, Dr. Dalvie is also a blogger and a book lover, with deep insights on feminism and women’s rights.
Sujatha Subramanian: Currently doing her M.Phil in Women’s Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and working part-time as a writer at Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research. Her research interests include feminist activism, social media, girlhood studies, popular culture and constructions of femininity.
Sumati Pannikar: A freelance writer based in Delhi.
Sunita Kumari : सुनीता CREA के साथ जुड़ कर कार्य कर रही हैं और ‘इट्स माय बॉडी’ प्रोग्राम के तहत प्रोग्राम एसोसिएट की भूमिका निभा रही हैं। इन्होंने ग्रामीण विकास में स्नातकोत्तर किया है और पिछले 8 साल से महिलायों से जुड़े मुद्दों पर काम कर रहीं हैं।
(Works with CREA, a feminist and sexuality rights organization in Delhi, India, as a Program Associate on the ‘It’s my body’ program. She has been focusing on women’s rights and issues for nearly a decade.)
Supriya Subramani: A PhD scholar at IIT Madras, researching bio-medical ethics. She is a badminton and volley player, and has competed at state level sports until she graduated with her bachelor’s degree. She is also a dancer, and enjoys travelling, food and a good conversation.
Surabhi Shukla: Surabhi is the Assistant Director of the Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology. At the Centre, she researches on law, sexuality and public policy. She also works at the pro bono public interest litigation initiative at the Centre.
Surabhi Srivastava:Feminist and pizza lover, Surabhi Srivastava is passionate about reproductive justice and works at CREA on the issue of safe abortion.
Surbhi Dewan: Surbhi Dewan is an independent filmmaker, and creative producer & co-founder at Painted Tree Pictures – a media communication company based in New Delhi, India. She is passionate about using the power of storytelling to make the world a smaller, happier place. Surbhi graduated with an MFA in Film from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, and received her BA degree in Political Science at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Swagatha Raha: Has over 9 years of experience as a human rights law researcher and is currently consulting with the Centre for Child and the Law, National Law School, Bangalore. Swagatha graduated from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in 2005.
Swapna Vasudevan Thampi: Swapna Vasudevan Thampi was born in the Indian state of Kerala and lives in the city of Chennai with her husband and two children. Swapna has studied life science, special education, sociology, human rights and law, and has worked for many years with people with autism and intellectual disabilities. She currently works as a freelance painter, photographer, rehabilitation therapist, disability and human rights activist, part-time lecturer, and lawyer.
Syed Saad Ahmad: Syed Saad Ahmad is an Associate Editor at Outlook Traveller Getaways.
Tanisha Chadha: With her background in psychology, and work as a therapist with children with developmental disabilities behind her, the enthu-cutlet Delhiite is all passion plum about issues of gender and sexual identity politics, as also everything under the Rainbow (*read LGBTQI) umbrella, feminism, to psychoanalysis. Currently, she’s planted herself firmly as a Senior Programme Associate at TARSHI.
The International Center for Research on Women: ICRW’s Parivartan program uses cricket to draw in boys and young men to teach that aggressive behavior doesn’t make them “real men” — nor does it aid in winning cricket matches. With the ultimate aim to reduce violence against women, the program helps boys and men view women and girls as equals, and treat them with respect.
The Kinky Collective: A non-funded group to raise awareness about Bondage, Domination, Sado-Masochism and Kink in society, and works towards strengthening the community from within. The Collective works on countering myths about kink as well as sharing their experiences and insights such as those related to consent, which lies at the heart of kink. For the BDSM community in India, they run an online group on a social networking site and conduct workshops for skill-building. They also organise kinky film festivals, workshops and photo exhibitionsand regular meet-ups where kink can be talked about in a safe space. The Kinky Collective started about six years ago, and is now active in Delhi, Kolkata, Ranchi, Chennai and Mumbai. Find out more about them at kinkycollective.com
The Mad Momma: Writer, blogger, activist, The Mad Momma wears many caps. Her favourite one though, is a bright pink sun hat that she wears while gardening. When she’s not learning from her two children, she’s traveling and learning from other cultures. She can always be found with a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.
Tanya Singh: Tanya Singh has a Master’s in Women’s Studies from TISS Mumbai. She lives and works in Bangalore as a research associate in the areas of gender and science.
Tanya Sharma: Based in Delhi and recently finished her Masters in Performance Studies from Ambedkar University. A music enthusiast, Tanya writes in Hindi, English and Punjabi.
Tia Setiyani: Feminist, activist and writer, currently active in the youth movement and advocacy of SRHR and also disability rights in Indonesia.. She has worked as a Coordinator program and counselor of Samsara Hotline and has been an Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP) Youth Champion (2013). Experienced journalist in a weekly newspaper “Minggu Pagi” Kedaulatan Rakyat Group.
Trina Nileena Banerjee: Currently Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, Trina has a Masters in English Literature from Jadavpur University and a Masters of Studies in English from Oxford University. For her PhD she worked on a history of women in the group theater movement in Bengal between 1950 and 1980. She has also been a theater and film actress, as well as a journalist and fiction writer/poet.
TULIR: Tulir – Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse (CPHCSA) is a registered, nongovernmental, non-profit organization committed to working against child sexual abuse in India. Tulir – Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse believes a society’s integrity is based on the acceptance of the problem and proactive steps taken to respond in a timely and appropriate way ensuring that its children may benefit from its caring and foresight, and truly have the right to feel safe all the time.
Unnimaya Kurup: A feminist and an avid reader, Unnimaya is currently a PhD student at IIT Madras. She works on reproduction, gender performance and sexuality.
Vasugi Kailasam: Vasugi is a final year PhD student at the Department of English in the National University of Singapore. Her doctoral thesis ‘Textual Spaces of Reconciliation: Reading Postcolonial Sri Lanka’ explores imaginings of reconciliation in English and Tamil Sri Lankan literature and film.
Vani Subramanian: Vani Subramanian has been a women’s rights activist and documentary filmmaker since the nineties. Her work as a filmmaker explores the connections between everyday practices and larger political questions. Her films have been screened and received awards, both nationally and internationally. More recently, Vani has extended her practice to video art in performance, as well as a mixed media installation. For more, please visit her website.
Vani Viswanathan: Vani Viswanathan is a consultant at TARSHI. She co-founded and edits an online literary magazine, Spark (www.sparkthemagazine.com), and is fascinated by pop culture portrayals of women.
Venu Arora: Venu Arora is the co-Founder/Director of Ideosync Media Combine, a New Delhi-based Communication for Social Change organisation that works on community media and communication rights, freedom of expression, capacity building, and research for voice equity. Venu received the MacArthur Fellowship for Leadership Development in 2002 for her work with adolescent reproductive and sexual health. She has directed several films, notably ‘Nirankush’ (1998), which won the National Award; and has led the creative design for several radio program series including the 52-episode shows ‘Towards the City’ and ‘We Are the Nation’ broadcast on national channels. Her current interests are in participatory and community media, development practice, feminism and evaluations, and gender & media.
Vikramaditya Sahai: Vikramaditya is pursuing the elusive subject of queer politics in Delhi and in his words, is doing a ‘terrible job at it’! He is generally found in seminars all over the city or at tea joints. If still not found, Vikramaditya can be seen on routes where people are pointing at some strange object, giggling or seemingly annoyed. At present he is negotiating the difficulty of being a feminist stalker ever since a renowned feminist called him that.
Vithika Yadav: Vithika is a Human Rights activist with more than 10 years of experience on development issues. In her role as Head of Love Matters India, she has been articulating the compelling value of the work on sexuality and sexual health issues in India, assessing and understanding community/target audience needs, helping build a team, exploring strategic multi-stakeholder partnerships and envisioning sustainable scale up and impact of the program. In 2012 she was awarded as one of the Top 99 under 33 young foreign policy leaders in the world by Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in USA. Over the years, she has worked for premier organizations such as UN Office on Drugs and Crime, BBC Media Action, Free the Slaves and MTV EXIT.
Vivek Vellanki: Vivek Vellanki is currently with the Regional Resource Centre for Elementary Education. He can be reached at email@example.com. In Plainspeak carried an edited transcript of an interview recorded for ‘Dialoging Education’, a podcast on education initiated by RRCEE. The audio and other interviews can be accessed on www.eledu.net.
Vizla Kumaresan: A feminist Clinical Psychologist. She was first exposed to the cross-cutting issues of mental health and human rights when working with a Malaysian NGO focused on the right to health of refugees and asylum seekers. She recently started her own LGBT-affirmative practice called MindWorks Psychology and Counselling Centre. Aside from the fact that she really enjoys her job, she likes going to the office because it smells of coffee.
WNU: Women’s Network for Unity (WNU) is a sex workers’ organisation with 6000 members based in Cambodia working to empower consenting adult sex workers, and advocating for the rights to work under slogan “Sex Work is Work”.
Women on Waves: A Dutch non-profit organization, their mission is to prevent unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions throughout the world.
Yamini Deenadayalan: Yamini writes, makes films and conducts gender training programs in New Delhi, India. She has previously worked for Tehelka and NDTV. She has been a part of the Blank Noise Project since 2006. Her feature length documentary that follows the slum resettlement plans at the Kathputli Colony, Delhi will be out later in 2014.
Yomalis Rosario: An Afro-Dominican woman and timid writer of poetry & short fiction. She has an academic background in the history of social movements in the Americas. She lives in the Dominican Republic where teaches high school Latin American & Caribbean history and falls in love with teaching every day.
Women on Waves: Women on Waves is a Dutch non-profit organisation. Their mission is to prevent unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions throughout the world.
Zoya Achanta: Zoya Achanta is a humanities student in the 11th grade. Her interests are in writing, dancing, photography and food. She also enjoys watching documentaries and debating, and has won awards for the latter. She feels strongly about feminism and finds writing to be the best way to express her views on the same.
Zulfiya Hamzaki: A post graduate in media and communications, she works in the field of documentary filmmaking, photography and video production. She has previously worked with the NGOs Akshara and Point of View. Her interests lie in gender, media and development. Some of her work is at https://vimeo.com/zulfiyahamzaki