Our effort has been to record experiences of gender and sexuality in local and specific contexts, because gender is not a monolithic idea, neither can there be a uniform definition or homogenous views of gender. As much as we expect for spaces to be sensitive to multiple notions of gender, we have also learnt along how people survive, resist and function within patriarchal frameworks. While we imagine people will speak out, we have understood and worked with their silences as well.

There are different forms and manifestations of resistance.We do not approach gender only as a social construct. Much of gender work is emotional. We pay attention to people’s lived experiences, and work from that location, rather than imposing our idea of a ‘gender sensitive’ society. We do not leave men out of this debate. Without being confrontational, we have engaged with adolescent boys and men in conversation around women’s health, sexual violence, sexual behaviour and desire. We believe masculinities is a crucial aspect to understanding gender. We are also particularly interesting in building intergenerational conversations about faiths, practices, beliefs, ideas and also differences in notions of love, sex, sexuality, marriage and family.

Alongside, we provoke new imaginations and discourse around health, violence, rights and discrimination. Through facilitation and training with community media practitioners, we have pushed for multiple articulations of feminism, empowerment, sexual health, sexual violence, desire and attraction. These practitioners have produced over 300 radio programs around sexual health, violence and rights that reflect local challenges and needs of communities in rural, peri-urban and urban contexts.

Our training modules are attentive and responsive to the profile of people we are engaging with creating spaces for questions, debate, reflections, and catharsis around experiences of gender. Our workshops are structured as a journey, moving in concentric circles from the site of home to school to college to workplace to public space. The focus is a turn to the personal, to draw on subjective experiences as a site of knowledge, and to use these to analyse broader, socio-cultural-political processes. So far, we have worked with students, community radio stations, adolescents, and private radio practitioners.

We have worked in collaboration with Tarshi and CREA since 2015, to include local community voices in their mobile based info-line ‘Kahi Unkahi Baatein’ , also distributed through a network of community radio stations. Click here for more information on this work.

We are keen to extend our work and build a strong movement around sexual violence comprising regional & community media groups, journalists, artists, radio reporters and progressive media groups. We are also looking to partner with organisations or student groups to work on gender and sexuality issues on campuses – especially providing a vibrant platform for student voices and strengthening institutional protections for students, such as committees against sexual harassment.