Events that Varta Trust organized or participated in

Conference: ‘The Idea of the Indian Constitution – Chapter II’ (including workshop conducted by Varta Trust Gender Rights and the Classroom: Queer Story of Section 377 in Our Lives on February 8-9) – History for Peace, Seagull Foundation for the Arts; Takshila Educational Society; Delhi Public School Pune

Pune, February 7-9, 2020

Photo credit: DPS Pune

 

Launch of Queer Ink books Gulabi Baghi edited by owais, The Scholar written by Niladri R. Chatterjee, and Queer Potli: Memories, Imaginations and Re-imaginations of Urban Queer Spaces in India edited by Pawan Dhall – Deshaj Café, Queer Ink, Varta Trust

Kolkata, February 3, 2020

Graphic credit: Queer Ink

 

Conference: ‘Archiving the City’, including presentation on Varta Trust’s engagement in queer archival research – Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Hyderabad Urban Lab, Centre for Policy Research, Tacit Urban Knowledge Research Network (TURN research programme)

Kolkata, January 25, 2020

 

Orientation session on gender, sexuality and LGBTQI issues for pranic healing practitioners – World Pranic Healing India Pvt. Ltd.

Kolkata, January 23, 2020

Photo credit: WPHI

 

Community meeting on legal aid concerns of queer community members in Dakshin Dinajpur district of West Bengal as part of Varta Trust’s legal aid support group project (including interaction with officials of Dakshin Dinajpur District Legal Services Authority) – Dinajpur Natun Aalo Society, CREA, SAATHII, Varta Trust

Gangarampur, January 11, 2020

Photo credit: Sudeb Sadhu

 

Consultation: ‘Cross-Border Queers: Story of South Asian LGBTIQA Migrants’ – investigating the history of queer migration from India to the UK and elsewhere – British Deputy High Commission, University of Strathclyde, Loughborough University, Varta Trust

Kolkata, December 13, 2019

 

Conference on documenting and analyzing best practices for advancing human rights related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics using tools of international law, domestic litigation, and apology / reparation: ‘Rising through the Challenge – International Dialogue’ (including presentation by Varta Trust Mobilizing Queer-Friendly Legal Resources towards Greater Access to Social Justice: Case Study from West Bengal, India on December 11) – ARC International; Jindal Global Law School, O. P. Jindal Global University

Sonipat, December 9-12, 2019

Photo credit: Anonymous

 

Panel discussion: ‘Child Rights and Gender Violence’ – terre des hommes Germany

Kolkata, December 7, 2019

Photo credit: TDH Germany

 

Panel discussion: ‘Hate Speech and Social Media: Gender and Sexual Minority Perspective’ – American Center, CREA, SAATHII, Varta Trust

Kolkata, December 3, 2019

 

First public screening of film Dhara 377 Raye, September 6, 2018: Kichhu Joruri Katha (Section 377 Verdict, September 6, 2018 – Highlights and Implications) produced by Varta Trust under its legal aid support group project and discussion on implications of National Register of Citizens of India and related issues for trans community members in West Bengal – CREA, SAATHII, Varta Trust

Kolkata, November 9, 2019

Photo credit: Pawan Dhall

 

Workshop on gender issues with members of West Bengal Youth Network of Campaign on Ecological Rights – Lake Gardens Women and Child Development Centre, terre des hommes Germany, West Bengal Youth Network of Campaign on Ecological Rights, Varta Trust

Kolkata, September 7-8, 2019 (with follow up workshop on December 21-22, 2019)

Photo credit: Pawan Dhall

 

Interface with youth groups working in and around Kolkata to observe first anniversary of Honourable Supreme Court of India’s verdict on Section 377, Indian Penal Code – Thoughtshop Foundation, SAATHII

Kolkata, September 6, 2019

Photo credit: Pawan Dhall

 

Seminar on inclusion of gender and sexuality diversity in sports – Academic Wing of Sports Authority of India, Netaji Subhas Eastern Centre

Kolkata, August 13, 2019

Photo credit: Sports Authority of India

 

Consultation on assessing self-care and burnout prevention needs of gender, sexuality and health activists – Nazariya: A Queer Feminist Resource Group, TARSHI

Hyderabad, July 27-29, 2019

 

Workshop on gender and sexuality sensitization with post-graduate students of social sciences – West Bengal State University, Varta Trust

Barasat, June 24-25, 2019

 

Consultation: ‘Queering the law: Making Indian Laws LGBT+ Inclusive’ – Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy

Delhi, May 25, 2019

 

Conference: ‘The Passover Human Rights and Human Dignity Conference’ – Asian University for Women

Chittagong, April 19-21, 2019

Poster credit: Asian University for Women

 

First session of Bishop’s College and Varta Trust’s 'Queer Study Circle' – Bishop’s College, Varta Trust

Kolkata, April 11, 2019

Photo credit: Bishop’s College

 

Conference: ‘ILGA World Conference 2019’, including presentation of case study on development of Varta Trust’s online database on queer friendly sexual health, mental health and legal aid service providers in India on March 21, 2019 – International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

Wellington, March 18-22, 2019

Photo credit: ILGA

 

Workshop on queer communities’ struggles with loneliness and other mental health issues, and legal concerns of queer communities in India after reading down of Section 377, Indian Penal Code; also announcement of Bishop’s College and Varta Trust Study Circle on Gender and Sexuality – Bishop’s College, Pride Circle Kolkata, CREA, SAATHII, Varta Trust

Kolkata, March 9, 2019

Photo credit: Pawan Dhall

 

Consultation: ‘Universal Health Coverage’ – Kolkata Rista, World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Office for India

Kolkata, March 7, 2019

 

Sessions titled ‘Listening to Stories from the Community’, ‘Medical Perspectives’, ‘Human Rights Perspectives’, ‘Symposium on Faith and Rights: Engaging with Human Sexuality and Gender Identities’ and cultural evening performances as part of four-day workshop ‘Training Module for Theological Educators on Human Sexuality and Gender Identities’ – NCCI, Varta Trust, Amitie’ Trust

Kolkata, January 21-24, 2019

Photo credit: NCCI

 

Workshop: ‘Gender and Inclusion’ with members of West Bengal Youth Network of Campaign on Ecological Rights – terre des hommes Germany, West Bengal Youth Network of Campaign on Ecological Rights

Kolkata, January 19, 2019

Photo credit: Siraj

Consultation: ‘LGBTIQA+ Workplace Inclusion in India’ – AMaNA, ETA, SAATHII, British Deputy High Commission, University of Sussex, Varta Trust

Kolkata, January 17, 2019

 

Storytelling sessions: ‘Human Library Kolkata – Chapter 1’ – Human Library Kolkata and partner agencies (including Varta Trust). Photo credit: Human Library Kolkata

Kolkata, January 6, 2019

Photo credit: Human Library Kolkata

 

Community meeting on legal aid concerns of queer community members in Murshidabad district of West Bengal as part of Varta Trust’s legal aid support group project – Madhya Banglar Sangram, CREA, SAATHII, Varta Trust

Baharampur, December 15, 2018

Photo credit: Madhya Banglar Sangram

 

Panel discussion on empowerment of women and queer people on Human Rights Day 2018 and 70th anniversary of signing of Universal Declaration for Human Rights – Consulate General of France, Varta Trust

Kolkata, December 10, 2018

Photo credit: Pawan Dhall

 

Conference: ‘Digital Citizen Summit 2018’ (including panel discussion ‘How Do LGBTQ+ Activists Mobilise the Internet to Create Safe Spaces?’ on November 1) – Digital Empowerment Foundation, The Internet Society (November 1 panel discussion organized by Feminism in India, Varta Trust)

Delhi, November 1-2, 2018

Photo credit: Digital Empowerment Foundation

 

Panel discussion and workshop: ‘Understanding LGBTIQ Issues’ as part of three-day meeting of project partners of terre des hommes Germany – ‘Emerging Socioeconomic Issues and Implications for Child Rights’

Kolkata, October 30-31, 2018

Photo credit: TDH Germany

 

Discussion: ‘IL/Legal Kolkata’ – Pride Circle Kolkata Meetup on Honourable Supreme Court of India’s verdict on Section 377, Indian Penal Code – Pride Circle Kolkata, The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata

Kolkata, September 6, 2018

 

‘Queering Mental Health – Symposium on Mental Health Concerns of Queer People in India’ (also Varta webzine’s fifth birthday event) – Grindr For Equality, Sruti Disability Rights Centre, Varta Trust

Kolkata, August 4, 2018

Photo credit: Jia Mata

 

Workshop: ‘Legal Awareness and Sexual Health among People of Marginalized Gender / Sexual Identities’ – Nadia Ranaghat Sampriti Society

Ranaghat, July 15, 2018

 

Queer Planner 2018 launch and conversations on queer histories - Nazariya, Intercultural Resources

Delhi, February 10, 2018

Poster credit: Nazariya

 

Discussion: Promoting economic, social and cultural rights in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity – International Commission of Jurists

Delhi, December 9, 2017

 

Film screenings on queer issues: ‘Kashish Forward’ – Department of Sociology, Presidency University, Kashish Art Foundation, Movies That Matter

Kolkata, October 16, 2017

Poster credit: Kashish Art Foundation

 

Meeting to compile feedback on Draft Rules & Regulations for Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 – Sruti Disability Rights Centre, Varta Trust

Kolkata, October 10, 2017

 

National conference: ‘Ageing, Ageism and Cultures’ – Department of English, Centre for Advanced Studies, Jadavpur University

Kolkata, September 22, 2017

 

‘Queer Lives of the Media – A Panel Discussion’ (also Varta webzine’s fourth birthday event) – Alliance Francaise du Bengale, Kinky Collective, Kolkata Rainbow Pride Festival, Varta Trust

Kolkata, August 5, 2017

Photo credit: Kaushik Gupta

 

Book launch, panel discussion and film screening: ‘Books, Films and IDAHOBIT 2017’ – Alliance Française du Bengale, Varta Trust

Kolkata, May 4, 2017

Photo credit: Arunabha Hazra

 

Workshop on relationship therapy – addiction, attraction, abuse – Crystal Minds, Kolkata

Kolkata, January 31, 2017

Photo credit: Crystal Minds

 

Eastern India queer community consultation on social, economic, health and legal ground realities – Solidarity Foundation, Varta Trust

Kolkata, November 19, 2016

 

Workshop on gender sensitivity and sexuality with students and faculty – GSCASH, Haldia Government College; Varta Trust

Haldia, September 28, 2016

 

Workshop on gender and sexuality diversity with church leaders and theologians – ESHA Programme, NCCI; Bishop’s College; Varta Trust

Kolkata, September 13, 2016

Photo credit: NCCI

 

Panel discussion and poster making workshop: ‘A Conversation: Building Consent and Gender Rights’ – American Center, The Consentwalas

Kolkata, August 27, 2016

Photo credit: American Center

 

Panel discussion: ‘Advocates for Equality: An LGBTI Conversation’ – American Center, Varta Trust

Kolkata, June 22, 2016

Photo credit: American Center

 

Roundtable conference on HIV/AIDS – US Consulate, Kolkata

Kolkata, May 19, 2016

 

Meeting of church leaders, theologians and queer activists on gender and sexuality diversity – ESHA Programme, NCCI

Bangalore, April 19-20, 2016

 

Film screenings: ‘Exploring Gender, Sexuality and More through Films’ – Prof. Pratulananda Das, Department of Mathematics, Jadavpur University; Varta Trust

Kolkata, February 25, 2016

 

Panel discussion: ‘Whoever Voluntarily . . . Decoding Consent’ – CWF, Kinky Collective, Varta Trust

Kolkata, February 20, 2016

 

Panel discussion: ‘Girls, Children and Women’s Rights are Human Rights 365 Days’ – Diocese of Calcutta, AICCW, Episcopal Church of Scotland

Kolkata, December 10, 2015

 

Panel discussion on World AIDS Day: ‘Current Global Scenario in Achieving the Goal of Getting to Zero’ – US Consulate, Kolkata; Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals

Kolkata, December 1, 2015

Photo credit: US Consulate, Kolkata

 

Panel discussion: ‘Importance of SRHR in 2030 Global Goals for Sustainable Development’ – FPAI, IPPF, Citizen News Service

Kolkata, November 17, 2015

 

Film screenings on queer issues: ‘Kashish Forward’ – Ambar-IIT Kharagpur, Kashish MIQFF, Varta Trust, Movies That Matter

Kharagpur, October 1, 2015

Photo credit: Ambar-IIT Kharagpur

 

Film screening: Walking the Walk, Moses Tulasi – Gender & Sexuality Forum, WBNUJS; Varta Trust

Kolkata, September 4, 2015

 

Panel discussion: ‘Gender, Sexuality and Law’, including presentation on Varta Trust's engagement in research on socioeconomic inclusion of queer people in India – WBNUJS

Kolkata, March 10, 2015

 

Panel discussion: ‘Gender Justice – Situation in West Bengal – A Dialogue’ – NAWO

Kolkata, December 10, 2014

Photo credit: Madhuja Nandi

 

Book launch: Reverse Tree, Kiriti Sengupta – Ahava Communications, Story Bookstore

Kolkata, October 18, 2014

 

Panel discussion on films and human rights at ‘IDIA Film Festival at National Law Schools’ – IDIA, WBNUJS

Kolkata, March 6, 2014

 

Discussion: ‘Love & Life Post Supreme Court Verdict on Section 377, IPC’ – Prantakatha, Varta

Kolkata, February 25, 2014

 

Book reading: End of Story, Arjun Shekhar – Prantakatha, Seagull Books, Varta

Kolkata, October 27, 2013

Photo credit: Prantakatha

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