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Pleasure and data? Is there such a rishta? We say 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 is here to ask - 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 from 7-9th October organised by Agents of Ishq and The YP Foundation is here to deep dive into this through keynotes, panels, workshops, performances, afterhours interactions and more!

3 days, 36 events, 60 speakers - join 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? You need to come ya (in more ways than one if you like *wink wink*)!


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Susie Jolly

Susie Jolly brings over 20 years professional experience of work on sexuality and gender. She is currently an Honorary Associate at IDS and working as a freelance consultant, researcher, communicator, facilitator and trainer. From 2010-2017, Susie directed the Ford Foundation sexuality and gender portfolio in China, with a focus on sexuality education, totalling US$2 million/year. Previously, she founded and convened the Sexuality and Development programme at IDS, a programme of research, communications and advocacy which contributed to bringing about a greater recognition of the importance of sexual rights to development. She has completed numerous consultancies in China, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Kenya, and Zimbabwe.

Saptarshi Mandal

Saptarshi Mandal is an associate professor at the Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat, Haryana. He researches how the law shapes our intimate relationships, and how we in turn shape the law.


Anurupa Roy is a puppeteer, puppet theatre director and puppet designer. She is the founder and managing trustee of The Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust, a puppet theatre group based in Delhi, India since 1998. She has a Diploma in Puppet Theatre from Dramatiska Institutet for Film, TV, Drama and Radio at The University of Stockholm (Sweden) and has been trained in traditional glove puppetry, from La Scoula Della Guaratelle (School of Traditional Glove puppetry) (Naples, Italy) under Bruno Leone in 2002. She has been a Researcher in Residence- 2011- Deutches Forum DFP (Bochum, Germany) and at Institute International de la Marionette Charleville- Mezeires (France). She has been a Pro Helvetia Artists at Residence at Rote Fabrik in Zurich and guest faculty at World Arts and Cultures at UCLA (Los Angeles, USA). Anurupa has directed performances for Katkatha, TIE Company National School of Drama and Jana Natya Manch and is a recipient of the Ustad Bismilla Khan Yuva Puraskar 2007 National award for contribution to puppet theatre by the Ministry of Culture. She is currently the General Secretary of UNIMA India, the Indian chapter of the Union Internationale de la Marionette.

Sapna Kedia (ICRW)

Sapna works as a Gender Specialist at ICRW. She specialises in qualitative research, program design and implementation. At ICRW, Sapna works on issues of sexual health and reproductive rights of women, public policy, gender and governance and men and masculinities. She led the 3D Program for girls and women on convergence and public policy , ICRW’s study on Male Involvement in Pre-Marital Abortions in Delhi and supports the Gender Equity Movement in Schools Program in Rajasthan. Currently Sapna is involved in a stocktaking of male engagement for promoting gender equality across India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives and Bhutan.

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