"Break away from the shackles and suffocation of 'bound' spaces to venture into new paths for empowerment."

Overview

Olakh (a Gujarati word for ‘Identity’), is a feminist organisation established in 1993 to challenge existing discriminatory patriarchal mindsets and structures of power relations as manifested in gender, caste, class, religion and ethnicity to promote dignity and justice for all.

The work of Olakh revolves around the two concepts: ‘Jagya’ (Space) and ‘Samvad’ (Dialogue).

Vision and Mission

Our vision is to create a humane society which affirms diversities and equity, celebrates inclusion and complementarities and moves towards sustainable peace and development.

Our mission is to center-stage feminist perspectives and practices in order to challenge existing structures, systems of discrimination and dominance like patriarchy, caste, class and race. To create new forms of human relationships and corresponding institutions based on a Feminist World-View.

What we do

Over the years Olakh has encompassed different activities and programs like establishing a Feminist Resource Centre (1st in Gujarat), Counselling and Intervention Centre, empowerment program for adolescence, social reconciliation and harmony with justice in times of conflict and calamities, organised value based feminist consciousness raising and perspective building training; sensitizing the youth to engage in social change and development process.

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संवाद – A Youth Initiative for Equality

‘Samvad’ is a series of intense dialogues with inspiring people who are marching...

Talk on the Women’s Movement and Social Activism on 17th July 2016

On Sunday, 17th July 2016 our board members Dr. Vibhuti Patel (Feminist Activist and...

संवाद – A Youth Initiative on 9th July 2016

On Saturday, 9th July 2016 Olakh launched ‘Samvad’, a series of intense...

Gender Training in April 2016

On 29th and 30th April 2016 we at Olakh organised a Gender Training for our long-time...

Dialogue on Feminism on 9th March 2016

On 9th March 2016, Kamla Bhasin deconstructed the main concepts, myths and facts about...

संवाद – स्व से समस्त on 8th March 2016

This year’s International Women’s Day more than 800 young hearts and minds from...

OBR Fest 2016

On 9th February 2016 more than 90 enthusiastic participants from diverse backgrounds...

Calendar 2016

In solidarity with the global ‘One Billion Rising campaign’, Olakh has come out with...

Vadodara Premiere of ‘Kajarya’ on 17th December 2015

Imagine the front row of an auditorium: renowned persons of Vadodara, our sisters from...

Walk in her Shoes on 10th December 2015

On 10th December (Wold Human Rights Day) in cooperation with CSR Connext, we set up the...