Sexual and Reproductive health services: Are they really accessible?

The community has a chemist shop a few meters that the residents rely upon. The government dispensary near Jal Vihar, a few kilometers away is frequented by the residents for issues like common cold and basic healthcare needs. For sexual and reproductive health, maternal care and neonatal care, an organization located a few meters from the settlement gives monthly campaigns …

Poor Sanitation affecting Women

“Things will remain the way they are until and unless you do something that changes the way the situation is around you,” says Kunta, a 50 year resident of JJC Indira Camp, Nehru Nagar in the eastern region of New Delhi. Located a few kilometers from Jal Vihar, one assumes that water; the most essential element for survival won’t be …

My Body My Rights (?)

I come from Delhi, India and have been working in the domain of SRHR for last 8 years. My first encounter of realising the leader in me happened as a volunteer in an organisation . Engaging In building youth leadership, this space made me equipped with the language and confidence to open up WRT truly knowing my rights as a …

I am crazy and I am proud of it

Mental health issues are one of the least spoken topics in the general society. Maybe second only to topics like sexual awareness and People associate mental health issues to words like madness, weird, oddity, crazy and other similar terms. There is a prevalent line of thinking among people who believe that anyone who goes to a psychologist is definitely crazy …

The stumbling Indian Education System

Did you know that India has one of the largest student populations in the entire world which stands at 315 million? Out of this large number 120 million of them are in the age group of 18-22 years. The biggest asset that our nation has are its people. Because of its large population India has one of the largest untapped …

Is Football an answer to Gender Equality?

“The changes are so profound that, from the perspective of human history, there has never been a time of greater promise or potential peril.” The aforementioned words of Klaus Schwab,, founder of World Economic Forum, may elicit an entire spectrum of responses. For some, they may get the alarm bells ringing, while for others, they may be a call to …

Divided we fall, together with unequal treatment – we will still fall

“I have no problem with ‘them’ but I would not like to associate myself with them” – First statement he made when we went for a chai date, “I mean you understand right!”- He sought some support. Two months later, at some house party – post Orlando shooting – “The Indian government is so useless! Modi sent his condolences for …

Freedom to Love

Do you see this advertisement? How do you feel? Feeling weird? Well, I did too. However when I dug deeper, I found out this is not that unusual in India. Parents resort to “Corrective rapes” “Conversion Therapy” 1 to “Straighten” their gay kids. Even honor killing at times. In the movie “UNFREEDOM” directed by Raj Amit Kumar, a similar sequence …

Let’s Open the Doors: Sexuality and Disability

Attending the panel discussion on “disability and sexuality” was an eye opener for me. I am really thankful to TARSHI (Talking about Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues – www.tarshi.net ) for organizing this seminar and Beyond Eye for giving me an opportunity to attend this seminar. The speakers Nandini Rao, Renu Addhlakha and Merry Barua shared their personal stories which …