"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 on “Rising Hatred and Intolerance with Dr. Vibhuti Patel

In New Year Olakh warmly invites you to the 11th edition of  संवाद ...

संवाद on “Understanding Sexual Diversities & LGBTIQA”                                                                                                                         with Rituparna Borah

We continued our 8th संवाद on 11th of November, 2017. This time there was...

संवाद on “Human Rights & It’s Challenges” with Bhushan Oza

As samvad is open platform a to discuss with inspiring people, this time it was Bhusahan...

संवाद on “Understanding Masculinity” with Anand Pawar

The session with Anand Pawar on Understanding Masculinity was conducted on 8th July 2017....

संवाद on “Environmental Degradation and Sustainability” with Rohit Prajapati.

  Our most recent SAMVAD took place on 13 May, 2017. Rohit Prajapati graciously took...

संवाद on “Uniform Civil Code & Muslims Women Rights” with Noorjahan.

  Uniform Civil Code & Muslim Women Rights. Our 4th SAMWAD, took place with the...

संवाद- on ‘Reservation Practices: Concepts and Arguments’ with MANISHI JANI

Manishi Jani a Dalit movement activist  spoke on the topic of ‘Student movements...

संवाद on “Roles of State & Market in Democracy” with Hemantkumar Shah.

    Dr. Hemantkumar Shah is a Professor at H.K. Arts College in...

संवाद on “Alternative Education” with Rewa Dandage

संवाद   started to engage interested young minds to open dialogue and create...

Visit of Marie Claire Kuja

On Wednesday, 21st July 2016 Marie Claire Kuja, a sanitary pad campaigner and...