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

Olakh an Overview

Olakh (means ‘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

Vision and Mission

Olakh has become our expression. It reflects our concern with issues of multiple identities as women, men, or any other sexual, religious and social identities that may describe us. In a journey through the Women’s Movement, we dream to create a space for each to share our joys, sorrows,  experiences and thoughts with each other, support one another and discuss our own contradictions, frustrations, dilemmas and discrimination within and outside families. All in all, a space to be ourselves.

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