programmes

Our programmes contribute to creating a gender-equal world, online and on ground. We work at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and technology to enable women and gender and sexual minorities to build their capacity, knowledge, networks, and voice.

Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve achieved over the last five years.

18,000+

Lives touched on the ground

2,275,000+

Views online

100+

Workshops

90+

Partner organisations

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SexGenderTech

SexGenderTech looks at digital technologies through a feminst lens, exploring how technology shapes gender – and vice versa. We conduct workshops with people from marginalised communities, students, and grassroots activists. Our pathbreaking publications study the interplay of gender and tech. We advocate for more just policies around technology, and network with other organisations working on these issues across the globe.

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Gender, Sexuality, and Disability

This pioneering programme looks at disability through the lens of gender and sexuality. We start with the premise that women and queer people with disabilities are sexual beings, just like anyone else.

Our programme encompasses workshops, curricula, film screenings, publications, information resources, and social media campaigns that identify and bust myths surrounding disability, sexuality, desire, love, and relationships. A dedicated website offers answers to common questions from people with disabilities. 

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TechSakhi

Launched in 2022, TechSakhi is the first phone helpline that answers questions on digital safety in Hindi.

Women and gender minorities face various forms of abuse and violence in digital spaces, from trolling and threats on social media to harassing phone calls. Lack of information about digital safety also limits their access and exploration of these spaces.

With TechSakhi we’ve created a safe, empathetic space where responders answer queries on digital safety and online abuse or violence. Currently, TechSakhi runs Monday to Friday, 11 am to 7 pm.

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The Digital Everyday

A comprehensive learning experience that helps participants understand and navigate their relationships with technologies, and to probe larger questions of power, agency, equity, and justice. This 3-month online course, co-created with Design Beku and ArtEZ University of the Arts, started on 15 September 2022.

The Digital Everyday embraces feminist pedagogy and incorporates mentoring, co-creation, collaboration, and playlisting in the learning experience.

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Pyaar Plus

Pyaar Plus is a digital toolkit about pyaar (love) and all that’s associated with it – from attraction to abuse – for young women and people of marginalised genders with disabilities. And for their parents, counsellors, special educators, and the ecosystem. The toolkit, a collection of seven booklets, aims to create a safe space for disabled individuals to access information about sexuality, gender, pleasure, desire, and other aspects of their bodies and relationships.

Deep Dives

Our award-winning digital imprint Deep Dives makes critical contributions to global discussions on big data, development, and gender and sexuality. The publication specialises in longform journalism, personal narrative, and occasional works of art, poetry, and fiction. We identify and support intersectional feminist writers, journalists, and artists to develop critical responses to and reportage around Big Data for Development projects and research.

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Skin Stories

India’s first and only publication dedicated to publishing fresh, urgent perspectives on disability, sexuality, and gender, Skin Stories busts myths about and promotes important conversations around disability. This award-winning online publication has been featured in workshops, conferences, festivals, and talks, republished widely in mainstream and alternative media, and used as resources by university classrooms and non-profits, including Amnesty UK.

Skin Stories, the book, is an anthology of 46 essays divided into 12 themes, featuring the work of 35 writers and 3 artists. Email [email protected] to grab your copy.

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Comms Lab South Asia

The LGBTIQA+ community has been one of the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. CommsLab South Asia – Let it Dawn supports LGBTIQA+ activists in South Asia in reimagining rights advocacy and organising in a way that is both healing and empowering. It equips participants with holistic tools such as digital security, art healing, peer support training, digital strategising, among others to address online and offline threats.

The first edition of CommsLab South Asia took place in June-August 2022 with over 50 participants from India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

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Digital Gender Justice

We held a series of workshops, online and on-ground, exploring the concept of Digital Gender Justice with a total of 275 young women across five states. Held in July and August 2022, the workshops encouraged the participants to think about and discuss topics such as the gendered nature of digital experiences, digital gender norms, intersectional identities, privacy, and online gender-based violence, and to imagine the internet of their dreams.

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Udaan, The Advocacy School

Udaan, the Advocacy School, equips young women and girls with the advocacy skills they need to negotiate change in their communities. Our curriculum covers core concepts of gender and sexuality that impact the daily lives of our participants, including agency, bodily autonomy, consent, freedom to love and choose, marriage, relationships, etc.

Since 2021, we have been working with 12 organisations in Jharkhand to implement our advocacy curriculum among 310 girls and young women.

Digital Storytelling

Our Digital Storytelling programme aims to address the inequity of voice by enabling women, girls, and marginalised genders to tell their own stories. Our workshops put simple yet powerful storytelling tools in the hands of those who have not had the means or power to tell their own stories. Since 2015 we have worked with community-based organisations in states such as Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Maharashtra. In 2020, we joined 75 community groups in these states to launch the #MissingVoices campaign across social media to amplify the voices of adolescent girls on the age of marriage and related issues.

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Internet In My Hands

Our Internet In My Hands workshops impart digital literacy and skills to people from marginalised communities. In 2021, we conducted workshops with 18 women domestic workers in West Bengal, most of whom had been deeply affected by a loss of livelihood during the pandemic. Our participants went on to train 250 more low-income women. Later in 2021-22, we trained nine queer activists in Gujarat, who then trained 50 other queer persons.

In August 2022, we trained 18 trans sex workers in Kolkata on digital security and privacy, as well as overall digital skills.

SMS from Priya

A curriculum for adolescent girls in Tamil Nadu that we had piloted in 2018 was scaled up and delivered to 3,500 recipients in 2022. The 12-week curriculum was delivered through SMS in Tamil, and included messages that touched on COVID as well as health precautions, schools reopening, and other topical content. The character of Priya, a teenage girl, was created as the narrator of these messages, which built an emotional connection with the recipients. The girls acknowledged greater awareness, and more confidence as a result of the initiative.

I helped my employer’s children to attend online classes during COVID. I receive a lot of appreciation from my employer, my family, and my community members for being digitally independent, which motivates me and boosts my confidence.

A participant in an Internet in My Hands workshop

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