Recent Programs

संवाद on Roles of State & Market in Democracy with Hemantkumar Shah.

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संवाद on Roles of State & Market in Democracy with Hemantkumar Shah.

    Dr. Hemantkumar Shah is a Professor at H.K. Arts College in Ahmedabad.Spoke to an attentive crowd about the role of democracy and state governance on the “free” market. His talk covered a wide array of topics, from wealth distribution and inequality to basic human rights, to Indian patriotism, to the concepts of religion and culture. All the while, his central theme revolved around the ‘state’ as a construction of society but also as a thing with power and influence, impacting the daily lives of every citizen within its borders.

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Visit of Marie Claire Kuja

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On Wednesday, 21st July 2016 Marie Claire Kuja, a sanitary pad campaigner and empowerment and menstrual hygiene activist from Cameroon visited Olakh. In a small circle of Olakh volunteers, the Olakh team and members of Vatsalya Foundation, she shared her experiences and motivations.  

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Talk on the Women’s Movement and Social Activism on 17th July 2016

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Talk on the Women’s Movement and Social Activism on 17th July 2016

On Sunday, 17th July 2016 our board members and speaker Dr. Vibhuti Patel (Feminist Activist and Economist) and Abha Bhaiya (Feminist Activist, Co-Founder of Jagori) shared their personal experiences of a life dedicated to social activism and the women’s movement. Partaking in the incredible stories about their own roots, their beginnings as activists as well as feeling. A group of 30 Olakh volunteers and associates took part in their unique spirit motivated and inspired all of us to continue walking towards a humane and equal...

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संवाद on Alternative Education, by Rewa Dandage.

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संवाद on Alternative Education, by Rewa Dandage.

On Saturday, 9th July 2016 Olakh launched ‘Samvad’, a series of intense dialogues with inspirational people who are marching towards transforming their vision of a humane society into reality. Our guest speaker Reva Dandage (Co-Founder of Swaraj University, Udaipur) shared her vision of challenging the mainstream education and co-founding Swaraj University to translate this idea into practice. Her talk was extremely inspirational and has given all of us an opportunity for mutual learning. It was very encouraging to hear how personal experiences, achievements and struggles have...

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Gender Training in April 2016

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Gender Training in April 2016

On 29th and 30th April 2016 we at Olakh organized a Gender Training for our long-time and new volunteers! The confidential, non-judgemental and warm environment gave all of us the opportunity to share our thoughts, experiences and perceptions. Together we learnt about the difference between “sex” and “gender” and started to question our own behavior and attitude. All of us felt inspired by the enthusiasm, passion and power that lies within us and are eager to champion gender equality in our personal and professional life!

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Dialogue on Feminism on 9th March 2016

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Dialogue on Feminism on 9th March 2016

On 9th March 2016, Kamla Bhasin deconstructed the main concepts, myths and facts about Feminism, Gender, Masculinity and Patriarchy with a group of 70 concerned individuals from diverse professional and private backgrounds. Kamla Bhasin’s visit to Olakh ended with a one-day seminar which gave us another chance to listen to her unequaled way of analyzing social structures and human relationships. By singing feminist songs, telling humorous stories and questioning so-called cultural or religious traditions she provoked our thoughts and perceptions “Nature makes diversity, society makes...

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