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

Madhu Mehra (Partners for Law in Development)

Madhu Mehra is a feminist lawyer, heading the research and training initiatives at the Partners for Law in Development (PLD), a legal resource group working on women’s rights and social justice in India. Her work in relation to the law explores themes of gender, sexuality, violence against women, access to justice and the UN CEDAW. She has contributed towards law reform processes relating to sexual violence and harassment, and advocates for decriminalising homosexuality, adultery, and adolescent sexuality.

Judy Amina

Judy Amina is a young woman passionate about the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of young people in Kenya. She has been pivotal in steering SRHR projects targeting youth, women, and vulnerable populations in the country. She is currently the Advocacy officer at the Center for the Study of Adolescence working to improve the SRH of young people through advocacy programmes to include Comprehensive Sexuality Education in the Kenyan School Curriculum. Previously, Judy worked as the Youth Country Coordinator for the Kenya SRHR Alliance an international network of Civil Society organisations present in 7 different countries globally all working towards achieving SRHR for all people.

Aditi Patil

Aditi Patil is a researcher and writer currently studying the drivers of illegal wildlife trade in India's North East. Her first book titled 'Patriarchy and the Pangolin' attempts to look at overlapping conservation, forestry, climate change and social issues in the country. Aditi has a post graduate degree in Development Studies and six years of work experience with diverse organisations – Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, WWF India, Columbia University and state forest departments. In her spare time, she likes to read Urdu poetry in the company of cats.

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.

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