Webinars and other online interactive sessions organized by Varta Trust

Follow this page for announcements on online interactive sessions on a variety of issues around gender and sexuality.

Among other activities, we will attempt to bring you sessions where you (as health and legal aid service users) can interact with queer-friendly service providers and pose your questions and doubts.

To begin with, the sessions will be in the nature of public events; over time we will also try to organize one-on-one chat sessions with service providers.

Webinar #1: 'Marriages under the Indian Rainbow', March 29, 2020: Hear what Debjyoti Ghosh, a human rights lawyer from Kolkata, Varta Trust volunteer and post-doctoral researcher with the Future Africa Project, University of Pretoria, South Africa, has to say about the legality of queer marriages in India. Pose your queries during a 45-minute webinar on Jitsi Meet with him on March 29, 2020 from 12 noon to 12.45 pm IST.

Register for the free webinar here.

Please click here to listen to the audio recording of the webinar, and here to access the presentation made by Debjyoti Ghosh. See also Varta webzine article Winds of Change in Marriage Law? by Mihika Poddar here.

 

Webinar #2: ‘Basics of Microsoft Word Usage’, January 8 and 15, 2022: Sujoy Das, Bangalore-based financial analyst, trainer and mentor with the Varta Economic Inclusion Mentoring Forum, will take you through effective usage of Microsoft Word software. Pick up tips on how to use different features of the software to prepare smart looking CVs, reports and other documents. Participate in a series of two training sessions over Zoom on January 8 and 15, 2022 from 10.30 am to 12 noon IST.

Register for the free training sessions here.

Please click here to view the video recording of the training session on January 8, 2022, and here for the recording of the training session on January 15, 2022.

See also Varta webzine articles Mentoring the Queer Case for Economic Inclusion by Varta Economic Inclusion Mentoring Forum here and Skills, Jobs and Freedoms by Debjyoti Ghosh here.

 

Webinar #3: ‘Social Media Skills: Facebook’, February 4, 2022: Suchandra Das, Proprietor, Suchandragraphy and Touchstone Media, Kolkata and mentor with the Varta Economic Inclusion Mentoring Forum, will share insight on how to promote your professional profile, skills, and business on Facebook; tips on public engagement on Facebook; and optimal use of privacy and security settings on Facebook. Participate in a training session over Zoom on February 4, 2022 from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm IST.

Register for the free training session here.

Please click here to view the video recording of the training session.

 

Webinar #4: ‘CV Development Workshop’, February 12, 2022: Ashish Chopra, Human Resource, Google India and Founder, BeUnic (a community-oriented e-commerce platform that enables queer artists and designers to offer their products and services) will share tips on the content, language and presentation that go into making a smart CV and LinkedIn profile. Participate in a training session over Zoom on February 12, 2022, Saturday, from 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm IST.

Register for the free training session here.

Please click here to view the video recording of the training session.

 

Webinar #5: ‘MS Excel Workshop’, March 5 and 12, 2022: Sujoy Das, Bangalore-based financial analyst, trainer and mentor with the Varta Economic Inclusion Mentoring Forum, will take you through effective usage of Microsoft Excel software. Learn the different Microsoft Excel tools and pick up data entry and formatting tips. Participate in a series of two training sessions over Zoom on March 5 and 12, 2022 from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm IST.

Register for the free training sessions here.

Please click here to view the video recording of the training session on March 5, 2022, and here for the recording of the training session on March 12, 2022.

 

Webinar #6: ‘Social Media Skills: Instagram’, March 19, 2022: Suchandra Das, Proprietor, Suchandragraphy and Touchstone Media, Kolkata and mentor with the Varta Economic Inclusion Mentoring Forum, will provide a quick technical overview of Instagram features, share tips on optimizing your content on Instagram, and share insight on how to promote your professional profile, skills and business on Instagram. Participate in a training session over Zoom on March 19, 2022 from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm IST.

Register for the free training session here.

Please click here to view the video recording of the training session.

 

Webinar #7: ‘Bridging Academia and Activism: Stories from the Margins’, May 28, 2022: A panel discussion to mark the completion of 100 monthly issues of Varta webzine in April this year. Dr. Kaustav Bakshi, Associate Professor, Department of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, himself a contributor to the webzine, will be in conversation with six other frequent contributors to the webzine. Attend the panel and participate in the discussion over Zoom on May 28, 2022 from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

Register for attending the panel here.

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