"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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OBR Fest 15Feb’14

Under the global OBR Campaign, Olakh’s Fest gathered more than 500 people together...

1 Billion Rising in Vadodara

We will sing out loud, we will dance in the streets, we will raise our voices and we will...

One Billion Rising 2013

One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That is one...

What We Carry

You’ve heard about the burdens women carry. But you don’t hear this story...

During educational class from our Youth-Program ‘Goonj’

Space to engage yourself in social action.

Space for Solidarity

We can change how things work!

Space to Smile

‘Our’ Kids after doing some gardening work at Olakh’s office.

Space to widen our Perspective

Practicing the Performance for the big Program in June...

Space for Friendship

Space for Friendship

Space to express Yourself

During one of our Creative Workshops