Nazariya was formed in October 2014 by a group of Delhi-based queer feminist activists. It was started to sensitize the work and culture of groups and individuals working on issues of gender-based violence, livelihoods, education, and health from a queer perspective through research & evaluations, capacity building, and advocacy. Nazariya uses the word queer for people who have diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. A queer perspective helps build links between issues of people marginalized on the basis of gender and sexuality, and the existing work on violence, livelihoods, education, and health in order to impact the discourse on pleasure, desire, rights, and entitlements.

 Our focus: Queer women and trans* persons 

 For us, gender is beyond the binary of man and woman. We recognize gender as a structure with different norms for people assigned female and people assigned male at birth. We consciously challenge the binary framework through our work, vision, and agenda. We ensure that this understanding of gender permeates perspectives of organizations working on gender in different capacities. Our understanding of sexuality also moves beyond violence and identities. Sexuality is a lens to help analyse structures and institutions by which we can address issues of marginalization and inclusivity in a holistic manner.


Our mission

We work towards affirming the rights of queer women and trans* persons by making their lives visible. We believe queer women and trans* persons have the innate capacity to understand, demand, and access their rights. We create an enabling environment where their lived realities are non-negotiable.

We also conduct researches, trainings and reviews on demand.

[1] Trans* is an umbrella term for transgender people, gender queer people or people who do not confirm to notions of gender assigned to them at birth.


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