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.
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 an open-minded, welcoming and resourceful leader with a sound and cheerful outlook on all things in life. One of the Youth Champions 2017 from India (of the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership) and Unleash Fellow 2017 she heads the operations, Mapping and Podcasts at Hidden Pockets. Certified as a peer educator by Enfold India, she has conducted several trainings on Sexual and Reproductive health for Government school students and also for students from community library . She is currently pursuing her Masters in Psychology as well.
Founder, Co-ordinator of Knowledge Production
Jasmine Lovely George is a Tedx speakers, lawyer, and a sexual and reproductive health advocate from India. She has is the founder of Hidden Pockets and currently curates conversations around sexuality and other fields. She is passionate about changing technology spaces and making them more inclusive for people from all genders. She has been working with diverse minority groups and has been working on changing the narrative around pleasure, access and technology.
Before joining with Collective as a Digital media Campaigner , Athira spent nine years as a Hotelier. With team Hidden-Pockets Collective, she is trying to become a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist. She loves to read or write when not working.
Dr Nishitha Aysha Ashraf is Programme Associate for SAAF Project at Hidden Pockets Collective. She completed her B.A. Journalism & Communication (2010) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (2015) from Manipal, Karnataka. She has covered the Nipah outbreak in Kerala during her stint as Health Reporter with The News Minute (2018). The reportage furthered her interest to be a key player in public health/ community health. Her internship and work at SOCHARA – Society for Community Health Awareness, Research and Action (2019) was instrumental to learn more about the People’s Health Movement. She is keen on exploring the SRHR issues of Kerala, especially those amongst the Muslim and Christian communities.
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 organizations as well, primarily focusing on body image issues, sexuality, masculinity and disability.
Sekuly Nyekha, 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.
Payel Ganguly, 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.