Pleasure and data? Is there such a rishta? We said yes, oui, haan!

How does acknowledging that young people want pleasure change the questions we ask and the research we do on their love/sex lives? Can taking pleasure seriously, transform the programmes, policies, curriculums and laws we create? #LoveSexAndData asked - is Pleasure the secret ingredient that data needs in order to be useful and relevant to our life and create a more just society?

The Love, Sex and Data Conference: A 3-day digital conference that took place from 7-9th October, 2021 was organised by Agents of Ishq and The YP Foundation to deep dive into these questions through keynotes, panels, workshops, performances, afterhours interactions and more!

3 days, 36 events, 60 speakers - thank you to everyone who joined us in bringing in the pleasure lens to our work (and our life!) as students, activists, educators, NGO workers, researchers, writers or really, whoever you are!

A first-of-its-kind conference dedicated to sex and pleasure in India? We said - you need to come ya (in more ways than one if you like *wink wink*) and you did - all 1663 of you!


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Biva Rajbhandari (Quilt.AI)

Biva Rajbhandari is a Program Manager at Quilt.AI - a technology firm that uses big data to tackle issues like online violence, climate change, and gender equality. Prior to Quilt.AI, Biva worked at the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) in New Delhi where she partnered with NGOs to implement programs around adolescent sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, and WASH. Biva also has experience working on child protection and mental health in Thailand and the United States.

Rumi Harish

Rumi Harish is a transgender queer person who has been working with marginalised sexualities and genders, sex workers, sanitation workers for the past 21 years along with Sunil Mohan a trans man activist and researcher. He has written research based reports, scripts and songs.

Charu Gupta

Dr. Charu Gupta is a Professor in the Department of History, University of Delhi. She is the author of Sexuality, Obscenity, Community: Women, Muslims and the Hindu Public in Colonial India', and 'The Gender of Caste: Representing Dalits in Print'. She has published several papers in national-international journals on themes of sexualities, masculinities, caste and religious identities.

Anne Philpott (The Pleasure Project)

Anne is a public health professional, pleasure propagandist and 'guerrilla girl' of HIV prevention. She founded The Pleasure Project in 2004. The Pleasure Project forges connections between the world of public health, academia and media and is globally recognised as the agency that has championed putting pleasure into safer sex education. The Pleasure Project received the WAS Award for Innovation in Sexuality Education in 2021. Anne is published widely in health journals and the media. She has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Health Policy. She has worked in sex education and public health promotion in communities, research agencies and for government donor agencies.

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