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Speaking in Tongues

Highlighting marginalised realities: HIV, sexuality, mental health, migration, body image, disability, technology

Humari Zindagi Humari Choice

For some women, stigma and discrimination is as severe a form of violence as any other - even though it is often not seen as such. The Humari Zindagi Humari Choice campaign aimed to create public discussion of this issue through multiple platforms. We took the campaign to six colleges across Mumbai city, using films and speakers to talk about the violence of stigma faced by lesbian women, sex workers, trans women and women with disabilities.This collaborative campaign between women's rights groups and LGBTQ groups was launched in Mumbai in November 2011 and still continues.



'My body looks and functions differently –can anyone ever be attracted to me?’ ‘Should I hide my disability and get married?’ ‘Does having a mental disability make me an easy target for abuse?’ Starting from the premise that women with disabilities are sexual beings – just like any other women, www.sexualityanddisability.org addresses issues of body, sex, relationships, reproduction and violence in the life of a disabled woman. The first of its kind on the internet, www.sexualityanddisability.org is completely accessible to people across disabilities, and contains numerous personal stories, an extensive resource list, a space to have your say, and streamlined information for those who interact closely with disabled women. The website is a collaborative initiative between CREA and Point of View.


Women, Science and Technology

Science and technology for empowerment;reproductive health and technology; disability and technology; women in science; gender, sexuality and technology; internet, activism and rights –bringing together a diverse range of topics and speakers, the Mumbai consultation on Women, Science and Technology was a two day interactive workshop held in December 2011. The consultation, which presented feminist perspectives on science and technology was a collaborative initiative between Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT) and Point of View.


Visual Voices

From bustling Mumbai to rural Tamil Nadu; from Manipuri to Telegu; from gender identity to disclosure to bar dancers, Visual Voices brings together 85 films spanning geographic regions, languages, and cultures across India.  Intended as an interactive training resource on gender, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS for Saksham’s 12,000 counsellors, Visual Voices is a testament to the potential and power of filmmaking –the films, documentaries, and public service advertisements challenge received wisdoms, and call on viewers to actively question their own attitudes and values.


With over 12,000 HIV/AIDS counsellors spread across 25 states, Saksham is changing the face of HIV counselling in India. Working with a clientele that spans intravenous drug users in Manipur to truckers in rural Maharashtra, Saksham’s counsellors navigate different experiences, languages, and cultures. Through a series of newsletters Voices brings together these diverse narratives, and traces the journeys of both counsellors and clients as they explore what it means to be affected by HIV/AIDS in India today.

Out Of The Closet

Set against the backdrop of Indian mainstream society, from Bollywood scripts to cultural stigmas, Out of the Closet documents diverse voices of LGBTQ individuals from across the country. Bringing together unmediated narratives in various languages, Out of the Closet explores what it means to live inside and come out of the closet into a largely hostile and homophobic society. From fear to resilience to enjoyment, the individual voices express what, in so many multifarious ways, it means to have travelled their journeys. 

The Right To Choice

All over India, women face ostracism and violence because of who they choose to love. There is a mutually beneficial relationship between patriarchy and heteronormativity, which punished those who refuse to live within its paradigms. Lesbian women. Trans women. Women who love before, outside, or after marriage. But choosing one’s partner is a human right, and AALI's publication The Right To Choice in Relationships comprises a series of case studies and a step by step guide to tackling the issue.

Gol Maal

Who decides that little girls play with dolls and boys with cars? Fair is Beautiful – do you agree? True or False – are men more dissatisfied with their bodies than women? Gol Maal is an award-winning and engaging board game developed as an advocacy tool to explore issues of gender and sexuality in the time of HIV. With colourful quiz cards, bright roulette-style chips and a Bollywoodised feel to its layout, Gol Maal focuses on deconstructing masculinity and femininity, body image, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, and laws related to women's rights.


Our Positive Bodies

Debate and policy-making on HIV/AIDS tend to take place between established groups and individuals -from governmental bodies to healthcare workers to NGOs. And as expansive as these discussions may be, there is often a deep silence at the heart of them – the voices, experiences and desires of those who live with the virus. Comprised of life size body maps, colourful paint palettes, and a series of unique stories, TICAH’s Our Positive Bodies is a creative initiative that allows positive women from India, Kenya and Thailand to share their journeys. As they paint their dreams, their fears, and their (born and unborn) children, their body maps bear testimony to previously unheard voices, and to the struggle and strength of these individual women’s lives.

City Limits

Designed in collaboration with Pukar, City Limits explores everyday spaces in Mumbai through a gendered lens, focusing on the demarcations between public and private spaces, and attempts to understand the hierarchies of access that have become part of our taken-for-granted grammar of viewing the city. The effort is to privilege the everyday, to engage with women's strategies in negotiating public space, and to draw attention to the ways in which the private refuses to be compartmentalized (acting thus as a forceful reminder of the ambiguities attending urban living).

Beyond The Cuckoo's Nest

‘How can human beings be consigned to such an appalling environment…grim, dark, with stinking locked rooms worse than prisons? How can patients ever be healed in such a place?’ (Achinto, one of three Beyond The Cuckoo’s Nest photographers) Bringing together photography by Achinto Bhadra, Shumona Goel, and Anita Khemka, Beyond The Cuckoo’s Nest explores what it means to live with mental illness in India. As it navigates the narratives and experiences of the mentally ill, it also aims to spark a whiff of possibility – a whiff that talks about a life beyond institutionalisation; a life of hope and happiness, and the possibility of living as a full human being. (created in partnership with Anjali)


XX/XY documents the stories of 12 women and two men who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. These voices tell us how HIV affects women and men on a daily basis, impacting relationships, family dynamics, and their life choices. In doing so, XX/XY provides an emotional understanding of the issues that positive people face in their day-to-day lives.

Feeling Safe

Estimates show that 80% of HIV infection in India occurs through sexual intercourse between men and women, and that women are vulnerable to HIV due to a combination of social, cultural and biological factors. This 60-second television advertisement made in 2000 aims to empower middle-class married women to actively prevent themselves from getting infected with HIV.


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