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Identity Politics and Dynamics of a ‘Victim’

“Even people who listen to you are a resource – only when people listen to you can you move from one place to another.” – Sankari[i]

The above quote was shared by a participant at the National Consultation on Sexuality Discourses in India, organized by Nirantar on 16, 17 June 2016 in Delhi. The consultation was a step forward from the sexuality mapping that we conducted in the year 2013-14. . Through the mapping exercise, Nirantar started to interrogate conversations around sexuality happening in different spaces. One of the primary points of discussions that emerged during the sessions was that of Identity Politics, “political arguments that focus upon the interest and perspectives of groups with which people identify”.[ii]

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Let’s Talk About Sex: Sexuality and the Embodied Empowerment of Girls

Please join GreeneWorks, American Jewish World Service, CARE and the International Women’s Health Coalition on 7th September at the 2016 AWID Forum at the Costa do Sauipe in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil for an interactive, “get out of your seat” theater performance and learning session about the possibilities for the embodied empowerment of girls through exploring sexuality, gender, power and pleasure in their lives.

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कविता: खेल सी ज़िन्दगी

(This poem was first featured at Feminism in India on July 1, 2016)

न जाने मैं कब इतनी बड़ी हो गयी,
खेल-कूद, दौड़-भाग को भूल,
जीवन की पतंग की लरी हो गयी।

कामकाज को, चाल-ढाल को,
सीख-सीख कर मैं बड़ी हो गयी।

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Yamuna Kya Hai Teri Kahani– PACE Historical Walk (In Pictures)

The idea of historical walks for PACE team is to offer a wider perspective and mobility opportunities to the girls associated with this project. Each historical walk is a beautiful travelling experience for the girls, woven around a theme from their curriculum, giving them a practical outlook along with the theories in the center. One of these historical walks took them on a journey to explore the river Yamuna and how it is an important part of the environment.

Yamuna kya hai teri kahani,

Puche jag par koi na mane.

Sheher ke isko samjhe kaali,

Kooda-karkat jaisi ek naali,

Yamuna kya hai teri kahani.

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National Consultation: A Critical Examination of Sexuality Discourses in India, 16th and 17th June 2016

Nirantar is organising a National Consultation to critically Examine the current Sexuality Discourses in India on 16th and 17th June, 2016 at Indian Habitat Center, New Delhi.
In 2013-2014, Nirantar tried to ‘map’ contemporary conversations around sexuality among activists and development practitioners. We wanted to get a broad sense of the diverse ways in which we speak of and understand sexuality and where we locate it in our work and politics, amidst complexities in and around us.

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