Hidden Pockets Collective is an India based charity organisation run by young people focussed on rights based framework on abortion and adolescent sexuality. We conduct research and gather community driven information on sexual and reproductive health and help policy makers in making community assisted decisions. Donations are tax-deductible under Section 80G allowable under the Indian law.
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Through our edutainment model we create conversations in regional languages ( Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada) around sexual and reproductive health in cities of India. We conduct series of workshops with different groups – schools and colleges to bring a unified sexuality curriculum for young people in India.
Policy Work :
We work with RESURJ ( an international feminist collective based out of Global South) and gather for grassroot evidence for policy based conversations at UN and other human rights forum.
Scope of our Work:
We have been fairly active with groups like Women’s groups, LGBTIQ groups, Positive People’s networks, Young Feminist Networks, Child Rights Groups, Data Groups and Internet Groups in the last 4 years. We have been felicitated with awards and appreciation for our work with public health sector. We have represented our work at International and national level conferences ranging from Aspen Idea Festival, Rights Con ( Belgium), Yale Global Health Programme ( US), Women Deliver Conferences ( Denmark) to conferences in Indian like Digital Citizen Summit, Young Adolescents Congress , Radio Festival, and Logical Indian Symposium.
Who are We?
Aisha Lovely George is the Executive Coordinator of Hidden Pockets Collective. An award winning podcaster, and a speaker on reproductive health on various panels nationally and internationally. She is a trained Sexual and Reproductive Health educator and a counsellor. She has 4 years of experience in interacting with and impacting around 400 young women face to face on Sexual and Reproductive Health. She has personally travelled to 6 unsafe towns and cities across India and mapped around 100 clinics who are willing to work with us to provide safe and non-judgemental Sexual and Reproductive Health services. She is a fellow of The Unleash Lab, Asia Safe Abortion Partnership, and The Coaching Fellowship.
Founder, Co-ordinator of Knowledge Production
Jasmine Lovely George is a Lawyer, a TEDx speaker, is also founder of Hidden Pockets Collective, a non profit organization for sexual and reproductive services for young people in India. She is an award -winning researcher who has been part of movement building nationally and transnationally. Post Covid, she has interested in conversations around alternative ways to talk about gender, technology and justice. She is on board of various NGOs in India. She is also activist advisor with Embark Collective fund.
Digital Media Manager
Athira Purushothaman is the Digital Media Manager of Hidden Pockets Collective. She has spoken on a variety of panels on sexual and reproductive health, both nationally and globally. She has written both in English and Malayalam about sexuality and menstrual health management. She is experienced in running campaigns in various languages such as Kannada, Hindi, English, and Malayalam. She is passionate about developing content in local languages and ensuring that non-English speakers have access to reliable information. She is a ‘Youth Ki Awaaz Action Network Fellow’ who has attended national and international seminars on menstrual health, hygiene, and abortion.
Community Outreach coordinator in Bihar
Lakhvindra Kumar has been a Gandhi fellow at Piramal foundation. His specialization is in the education field. He has worked on Aspriational District Transformation programme initiated by Niti Aayog in aspirational districts. Lakhvindra has closely worked with state government stakeholder in Sheikhpura district of Bihar on ADTP. He has worked with many district officers and has directly or indirectly impacted 45k plus student by increasing their (SLO) Student Learning Outcome. During the programme he has helped many teachers in designing and conducting workshop. He believes in team spirit and wants to create and build a strong nation.
He has also worked with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) where he focussed on the development of youth.
People who have helped us in the journey so far:
Writing from the age of 11, Brindaalakshmi. K turned her love for writing into her profession from her first job in 2011. She writes poetry, journalistic pieces, screenplay, brand copy, social media copy, fiction and anything else with a promise of an exciting challenge. Having spent too much time studying startups as a business & technology journalist, she now prefers spending her time branding and building businesses instead. She is the business woman who likes feminists to look sexy, both men and women alike. She’s also an actor, a traveller and a film-maker.
As a feminist activist and scholar trained in human development and childhood studies, questions about gender, sexuality and adolescent education have always interested Tushita. She is drawn towards dialogues around gender and sex. She is currently working as a researcher at Hidden Pockets and is associated with various other networks of health rights in India. She is quite interested in various forms of expressions, be it dance, music, painting or doodling. She loves reading books as well. In her spare time, she doodles for Hidden Pockets and other small organisations as well, primarily focusing on body image issues, sexuality, masculinity and disability.
A student of performing arts, she has been helping the collective to develop an approach to towards designing experiences into beautiful expressions. Sekulu is a keen follower of Pop Culture.
A final year engineering student in Information Technology who is passionate about all things data and mobile development. A self-motivated, dedicated and detail-oriented woman who strongly supports Women in Tech. What motivates her is the belief that Computer Science has a great power to make positive impacts in people’s lives. Also, she is addicted to drawing & doodling.