ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

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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speakers

Aqsa Shaikh

Dr. Aqsa Shaikh (She/Her) is an out and proud trans woman. She is Associate professor of Community Medicine, Nodal Officer for Covid Vaccination Centre, Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research. Aqsa is one of the investigators in the clinical trial of Sputnik V, investigator in TransCare Project, and WHO Unity Studies on Covid. She is co-investigator in transgender studies on health access and medical curriculum at Sangath India. Aqsa is Founder-Director of Human Solidarity Foundation.

Payoshni Mitra

A former badminton player/dropout and coach, Dr Mitra is a prominent athlete rights activist and leading campaigner in the abolition of sex testing policies in women’s sport, working closely with affected athletes across Asia and Africa to enable them to address human rights violations in sports. Mitra was instrumental in helping Indian athlete Ms. Dutee Chand challenge the Hyperandrogenism regulations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in 2014-2015, as the Government-appointed advisor to Chand. She was also one of the ten-member expert team who testified for South African athlete Caster Semenya at the CAS earlier this year. Mitra had been consulted on gender and sport issues and on issues of inclusion in sport by national governments, the International Olympic Committee, Council of Europe, Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights and has recently collaborated with Human Rights Watch to publish the most extensive research on lives experiences of athletes with variations in sex characteristics. Mitra is a Director and Trustee at the Centre for Sport and Human Rights in Geneva and is a member with the WomenSport International.

Arzoo Garg

Arzoo is a Coordinator in the Know Your Body Know Your Rights program at The YP Foundation. Her work majorly involves building capacities of adolescents and young people by equipping them with rights based information on issues of sexual and reproductive health, gender and sexuality in school and community settings across Delhi- NCR, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar as well as advocating for comprehensive sexuality education with gatekeepers of adolescents. She is also representing TYPF as youth focal point for FP2030 commitment process and is advocating to ensure accessibility of contraceptives to young people and adolescents. Prior to this, she has led research projects on health related impacts of menstrual hygiene management in Mumbai among adolescent girls in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Arzoo holds a masters degree in Environmental Studies and Resource Management from TERI School of Advanced Studies.

Rukmini S

Rukmini S is an independent data journalist based in Chennai. She is the former Data Editor of The Hindu and HuffPost India. Her work focused on inequality, gender, caste, crime, politics and health. She also hosts a pandemic podcast, The Moving Curve. Her first book, 'Whole Numbers and Half Truths: What Data Can and Cannot Tell Us About Modern India' will be published by Amazon Westland in November this year.

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