Times have changed, women’s situation has changed – today she has more opportunities, more mobility and more choices. Still her status hasn’t changed! A woman is secondary at home, secondary at work and has no identity of her own. WE have confronted, fought,...Read More
“Around the corner of the street, there’s him standing– “Oye heroine, oye maal!”(“Hey babe, hey sexy”), he calls out. You start walking faster, trying to get to the bus station quickly, constantly looking over your shoulder. You arrive, but as soon as you...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...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 moments 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.