Times have changed, women’s situation has change – today she has more oppertunities, more mobility and more choices but her status hasn’t! A woman is secondary at home, secondary at work, and has no identity of her own, WE have confronted, fought, challenged,...Read More
“The Olakh journey has taught me about the great power that lies within every woman, regardless of culture, religion, social status or educational background. It confronted me with my own fears and stereotypes, and at the end of the journey it has made me to come face to face...Read More
Olakh’s recent effort consists of involving youth in social action and development processes to enhance their role as negotiators and change agents. ‘Goonj’ - an initiative carved by young students and professionals from diverse background thriving to empower...Read More
Feminist Capacity building through trainings and workshops nationally as well as internationally for various stake holders is the integral part of Olakh’s activities since its inception. 20 years of our experience say that there is a high time to focus on YOUTH – boys and...Read More
Since history irrespective of varied backgrounds women face violence and discrimination right from their wombs to their tombs! Domestic violence from their matrimonial and parental families is a daily phenomenon. Women are not safe in their own homes – their right to be...Read More
Our dream, our contribution to women’s movement – Herstory: The idea is to felicitate and acknowledge the contribution of elderly women above 70 years of Gujarat who have made significant and path breaking contributions in the field of social reform and...Read More
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 the moment of helplessness and isolation. It is a space to grow and assert one’s identities with pride and dignity.
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.
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.