Workshops/Seminars/Panel Discussions

Each academic year, CHLET invites speakers to speak about issues that arise at the intersection of sexuality, health law, ethics and technology. These speakers Health Law, Sexuality and Society Lecture on emerging debates in this field.
Svati P. Shah Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst “The LGBTQ Politics at the End of History: Discourse of Inequality Within Queer and Trans Movements in India”
Prof. Mary E. John Senior Fellow and Professor at the Centre for Women’s Development Studies
Mary E John has been working in the fields of women’s studies and feminist politics for many years. She was Director of CWDS from 2006-2012, and before that was Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Women’s Studies Programme at JNU, New Delhi from 2001-2006.
“Rethinking Sexual Violence in the Time of Backlash” From the speaker: “This lecture looks critically at the perspectives -- both new and old -- for thinking about sexual violence against women in contemporary India. It begins by drawing from current writing and thinking around sexual violence in the wake of the December 16th gangrape and the protests that ensued, which certainly has been an event whose significance we have yet to fathom, including the passing of new Acts and Amendments by the State. This will be contextualised within the history of feminist engagements on sexual violence in the Indian women's movement, in relation to the National Crime Records Bureau Data can tell us, and finally, how we might link questions of sexual violence with those elements in our society and economy that indicate a wider backlash against women.
Pramada Menon Activist and Filmmaker
Pramada Menon is a founder member of Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA) in 2000. CREA ( is currently based in New Delhi and aims to enhance the “capacities of a new generation of women leaders using a human rights approach. The organization works on issues of sexuality, reproductive health, violence against women, gender equity, economic justice and women's rights.” Throughout her career, Pramada has spent much of her time conducting trainings with both men and women on issues related to gender, leadership and empowerment. She is a strong believer in the idea that young people need the opportunity and space to challenge themselves and to be challenged. Film Screening (followed by discussion) of “And You Thought You Knew Me” From the filmmaker: “Five people assigned gender female at birth (PAGFB), whose only common meeting ground is that they identify themselves as outside of the heterosexual framework and live in the same city. Their stories, relationships and activism, set against the backdrop of Delhi- all form part of the narrative and create a tapestry of images and metaphors, that invites one to re-engage with and rethink the notion of the other, the “sexual deviant.
Danish Sheikh “Communities of Tolerance: Queer Myths and Liberation” 10th September, 2012 Danish Sheikh graduated with a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad. He works at the Alternative Law Forum where he works on LGBT rights, media laws, and copyright. He has taught courses on media law at Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi and St, Joseph's College, Bangalore. Kerry McBroom is the Director of the Reproductive Rights Unit at Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), New Delhi. Kerry oversees over 30 pending reproductive rights petitions in the State High Courts and Supreme Court of India and coordinates fact-finding missions, trainings, and advocacy strategies. Prior to joining HRLN, Kerry worked as a program manager for the Washington DC based Advocacy Project and the Council of Europe, where she headed a human rights outreach project for Roma women from France, Kosovo, and the Czech Republic. The final product was displayed at the Venice Biennale and the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Before working with the Roma community, Kerry served as a legal assistant at the Home for Human Rights in Colombo Sri Lanka, where she authored a report on access to reproductive health care on the country's tea estates. Kerry also has experience as a legal assistant at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), as a political organizer, and as a teacher for incarcerated youth. As part of a dual degree program, Kerry received her J.D. from American University in Washington DC and her Master I/II in Human Rights Law from Université Paris X, Nanterre in 2011. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Human Rights from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.