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

Olakh an 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). It is a warm, safe, secure, confidential, non-judgmental, non-sectarian and knowledge based space to have dialogue, to share and nurture joy, to give and get inspiration and support in moments of helplessness and isolation. It is a space to grow and assert one’s identities with pride and dignity.

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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Dialogue on Feminism with Kamla Bhasin

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

संवाद – स्व से समस्त

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

OBR Fest 2016

On V-Day, 14th February 2016, more than 70 young boys and girls from diverse backgrounds...

Interactive Preparatory Workshop for 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’

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

Walk in Her Shoes

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

Light your Lamp for Peace

  “Peace for me is breaking the wall between You and I, Them and Us. We need to...

Charrette on Proposing Design Ideas to make Public Places free from Sexual Violence

On 25th November 2015, in cooperation with three colleges from Vadodara, Olakh organised...

Seminar, Workshop and Survey

Seminar and Workshop National-level seminar “Reclaiming Public Places – Gender...