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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Bhanupriya Rao

Bhanupriya is the founder of Behanbox - a digital multimedia publication for gender journalism which produces deep evidence driven reportage on women and gender diverse persons in India.

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.

Shubha Mudgal

Groomed by some of the finest musicians and musicologists in India, Shubha Mudgal was trained in HIndustani classical music by Pandit Ram Ashreya Jha and also received guidance from Pandit Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya, Pandit Vasant Thakar, Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki and Pandit Kumar Gandharva. She also received training in thumri from Smt. Naina Devi and is thus a versatile performer. In addition to being a performer, Shubha has also won recognition as a composer. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including: Padma Shri from the Government of India 2000.


Debarati is a Program Co-lead, Digital Security at Point of View. They anchor projects at the intersections of gender, sexuality, digital rights and the internet. Their interests lie in 'de-binarising' gender and sexuality, and striving for a safe, free and feminist internet.

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