India witnessed its first ever conclave on sex education at Tula’s Institute in Dehradun
Love Matters Conclave was first ever and first of its kind conclave that brought together expert and interesting discussions on sexulaity and sexual health information along with a lot of amazing fun activities. The conclave aimed at engaging with young students (16-24 years) from the city through various competitions and informative sessions. The credit goes to Tula’s and RNW Media for bringing this amazing 2 day event.
RNW Media is one of the top five international broadcasters in the world, hardhearted in the Netherlands. RNW reaches out to millions of young people around the world using innovative media platforms addressing free speech issues. One of the most popular and award winning projects under RNW is Love Matters.
The event had surplus participation of young students from over 20 colleges and universities from Dehradun. An extremely well-informed panel started the conclave with their presentations on innovative approaches in sex education. Panel comprised of eminent activists such as:
1.Gunjan Sharma, Love Matters, India
She’s an alumni of THNK Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership, ranked as one of the Top 10 ‘schools of life’ by Forbes
2.Harish Iyer, LGBTQ Activist
Harish has appeared in a number of Television shows, “We the People” “The Newshour” , “Zindagi Live” “Satyamev Jayate” being a few.
3.Avani Parekh, founder, Love Doctor.in
She is a social enterprise consultant and a Gender Based Violence advocate from Charlotte, North Carolina USA.
4.Anubha Singh, CREA
A feminist activist and researcher, Programme Coordinator with CREA – A feminist Human Rights organization based out of New Delhi working to advance the rights of women and girls and the sexual and reproductive freedoms of all people.
5.Gurkirrat Sachdeva, Manager for Partnerships and Engagement, Youth ki Awaaz
She run campaigns on issues ranging from SRHR to child mortality .Her expertise lies in building strategies for social good, digital media campaigns to mobilize and engage young people.
6.Siddharth Sinha, Founder and Chairman, Uddeshya
Uddeshya is a nationally renowned NGO that works towards the cause of youth empowerment.
Executive Director at Tula’s, Miss Silky Jain believes that “Sexual rights are human rights. Young people need to have access to accurate information about sexual health. Information that can equip young people to make right choices for a healthy life. Love Matters Conclave in Tula’s is the first of its kind event in India where we are engaging with young people on a large scale to break the taboos and open up conversations around sexuality and sexual health issues.”
Panel discussion followed by a series of dance, music and art performances by famous celebrities like Rithvik Dhanjani(TV Actor) and Shinjini Kulkarni(Classical Dancer, Grand daughter of Birju Maharaja).
The event began on 24th November and ended with a closing ceremony the next day. It was hosted at Tula’s Institute, one of the best engineering and management colleges of India.