- Capacity Building
- Workshop/Seminars in colleges:
Nazariya has conducted many trainings during this one year. One of the core constituencies of Nazariya’s trainings has been college students. Since it’s inception in October, 2014, Nazariya has conducted 9 seminars and workshops with around 500 students and teachers on Gender, Sexuality, and Sexual Harassment in colleges and Universities in Delhi.
- As resource persons with organisations
Nazariya has conducted several trainings and sessions on gender and sexuality with organisations working on violence, health, livelihood, education etc.
2. CASE WORK AND HELPLINE:
Nazariya launched its helpline on 24th November, 2015. The helpline runs from Monday to Friday from 11 am to 6 pm. The helpline number is 7291012585
3. RESOURCE CENTRE/ARCHIVING
Our Lives Our Tales: We had an idea to organise talk sessions with individuals who have been involved in queer activism (including but beyond 377) since decades. The idea came to us when we received a donation of some old (now obscure) publications by queer collectives. After going through the books we realized that people who are in their 20s or people who haven’t been involved in queer activism as much might have never heard about the collectives, the people involved, their challenges and the lives they led.
The histories of our movement are vastly underrepresented and unrecorded. As generations of feminists and queer activists pass along, legacies are disjunctured and weakened. One of our objectives as Nazariya is also to preserve and record material from the past that create a history and legacy. A queer legacy will strengthen our movement and validate the existence of queer realities.
We want to create this series of talks (Our Lives Our Tales- OLOT), given by people who have lived queer lives and fought battles for the queer movement, as a way of preserving and passing along oral histories that might otherwise be lost with them. The talks will be publicised within the community, including organisations and individuals working in other human rights movements. They will be conducted as informal talk sessions where one or two speakers share tales of the past with the group – perhaps focusing on a certain issue (how the Delhi Queer Pride Committee was formed), a certain point in history (such as what the queer/feminist movement did about the ban of the movie Fire, and the implications it had), or even just stories of their own lives (how the lesbian party scene was in Delhi in the ’90s or early ’00s). We want to record these tales on video to upload online for open public access. We had two such discussion series, and another one is planned in May. In there we, we talked about the initial stage of the LGBT movement in Delhi for instance Aids Bhed Bhav Vidrodhi Andolan, Fire Protest, CALERI and Voices against 377.
4. Community Project:
We are very proud of the progress we have made in the last 7 months with our work with a working class community in Delhi. This work so far has helped Nazariya understand the lived realities of working class LBT* people and create linkages between class and queer issues. In August 2015, we started working with some of their personnel to build an understanding on gender and sexuality. Some of the issues that have come up in the last few months revolve around the:
• Perception of the medical community towards trans* people
• How to make parents, friends and family understand their identity and orientation.
Apart from this, there is also a need expressed to get into state sanctioned partnership with their partners, which is difficult if not impossible. As a part of this project, we are working with lawyers who are also from working class areas and their pitch is to present their case as that of a lesbian couple in other words to talk about sexuality rather than gender (it should be noted that homosexuality is illegal in India but with the 2014 NALSAR Judgment asserting one’s gender identity became legal). They insist that this is the only way to go about tackling section 377. They feel the more we “table” these issues it in lower courts, we will be able to create precedence. As a part of this work, we have successfully dealt with one case where we got an “emancipatory” order for a group member against her parents from a district court. Another case is underway where we are trying to get protection orders for a member from their partner’s family.
As a part of this work, we have a membership base of 12 LBT* people. We have recently started renting out a small community office in the area where majority of the members come from. We have hired a field coordinator who facilitates the bi-monthly meeting and liaisons with the lawyers who assist us legal work.