Recent Programs

Calendar 2016

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In solidarity with the global ‘One Billion Rising campaign’, Olakh has come out with its Calendar 2016. The Calendar portrays our vision to make public places free from sexual violence so that every wo_man and girl can move freely and fearlessly no matter where, when and how! As part of our efforts to create awareness and to initiate people to act, Olakh’s Calendar 2016 was printed. It comprises creative approaches, facts and tips on the issue of sexual violence in public places. Throughout the participatory design process, involved artists, students, volunteers and many others started...

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Vadodara Premiere of ‘Kajarya’ on 17th December 2015

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Vadodara Premiere of ‘Kajarya’ on 17th December 2015

Imagine the front row of an auditorium: renowned persons of Vadodara, our sisters from the slums, physically challenged women and our third gender friends sitting next to each other without any inhibitions, laughing and applauding together throughout the movie. We organized the Vadodara Premiere of ‘Kajarya’, a mainstream movie on female infanticide and the social discrimination all Indian wo_men face in their lives. An audience of over 600 people from diverse social and professional backgrounds, among them Madhureeta Anand (Filmmaker ‘Kajarya’), Abha Bhaiya (National...

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Walk in her Shoes on 10th December 2015

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Walk in her Shoes on 10th December 2015

On 10th December (Wold Human Rights Day) in cooperation with CSR Connext, we set up the interactive installation “Walk in Her Shoes“ on two locations in Vadodara in order to raise awareness for sexual violence in public places. The event involved members of the public engaging in a life-size Snakes and Ladders game displaying experiences of and tips to tackle sexual violence at public places. A ‘Footstep-Installation’, spread out on the walk, quoted victims of street harassment as well as findings from our Pilot Study on the Perception of Women’s safety in Vadodara, such...

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Light your Lamp for Peace on 30th November 2015

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Light your Lamp for Peace on 30th November 2015

  “Peace for me is breaking the wall between You and I, Them and Us. We need to celebrate our diversity rather than creating new divides.” – Olakh volunteer   On 30th November 2015, in solidarity with wo_men’s groups across South Asia, 20 young activists came together at the Olakh office to share their vision of a peaceful and just society and their perception of what everyone of us can do to create such a world. Together we pledged for peace since – using Mahatma Gandhi’s words – you have to “be the change that you wish to see in the world”. “I promise –...

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Charrette on Proposing Design Ideas to make Public Places free from Sexual Violence on 25th November 2015

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Charrette on Proposing Design Ideas to make Public Places free from Sexual Violence on 25th November 2015

On 25th November 2015, in cooperation with three colleges from Vadodara, Olakh organised its first Charrette, an intense discussion towards participatory planning and design activity. 50 architect students and our volunteers participated in our Charrette on proposing design ideas to make public places free from sexual violence. Ironically an incident of street harassment happened to a group of female participants on the day itself. During our site walk the young students had to experience the unpleasant feeling of being sexually harassed in public. “We were crossing the road and there were...

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Seminar, Workshop and Survey

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Seminar, Workshop and Survey

Seminar and Workshop National-level seminar “Reclaiming Public Places – Gender Inclusive Urban Planning and Design” to acknowledge the gravity of the issue of sexual violence in public places and a platform to brainstorm strategies with eminent experts, policy makers, activists, academicians, government representatives and concerned citizens. Surveys and Focus Group Discussions Pilot study from April to June 2015 to understand experiences/perceptions of safety and their relation to the physical characteristics of the places along with identifying unsafe...

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