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CHanGE (Campaign for sexual Health & Gender Equality) is een project van UCOS over gendergelijkheid en seksuele en reproductieve rechten en gezondheid (SRGR). Samen met studenten en onze partners versterken we het draagvlak in Vlaanderen voor de mondiale strijd voor gendergelijkheid en rechtvaardige toegang tot SRGR. Zo dragen we ons steentje bij aan een slagkrachtige internationale beweging.

Jaarlijks vertrekt een groep gemotiveerde jonge CHanGEmakers naar organisaties in Congo, Oeganda, India en Mozambique. Onder hun impuls delen we de ervaringen en verhalen van activisten en organisaties wereldwijd. Door hun activiteiten in Vlaanderen bekend te maken leveren we  niet alleen een bijdrage aan hun slagkracht, maar willen we ook een licht werpen op hoe verandering wereldwijd gerealiseerd wordt.


"At 'Hidden Pockets' we talk a lot about gender, sexuality, maternity issues, and so on. It is well known that such topics are not common in the Indian educational system. It's very difficult and uncomfortable for teachers to open a conversation about periods or relationships for example. So we started a project called 'Pocket Shala' in Delhi, the purpose of which is to visit schools and play our podcasts focussing on these issues in classes. A podcast is a digital audio file which does all the talking instead of the teacher. The podcast already starts the conversation and the teacher only has to explain the story arround the play. Students get the information indirectly and nobody has to feel shy or uncomfortable." .
Aisha Lovely George. Head of Operations and Podcaster at Hidden Pockets.
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"Marriage is such a strong tradition in India. Intercast and interreligious marriages are already evolving. There is a generation which feels that cast is important. But in large parts of India, especially in Bangalore where I come from or metropolitan cities like Delhi and Mumbai, cast is becoming completely irrelevant. It's still there in small towns in rural India. In many parts of the country, people have started bothering and over time I think it will fade away. For example, a hundred years ago, it was impossible for a Brahmin to have an intellectual and emotional relationship with a Dalit girl. It was not part of the mindset or in the realm of possibilities. This has changed now. More social spaces where people can interact are accessible for all. Social change takes time. Forcing it in a certain way in India always backfires. If we see the evolution process and the organic way of development, where people accept the change, then it becomes part of life over a period of time. For a country like India, it's a better way of dealing with those things. We create the right environment where that change can happen. Some people will start living in this changing society and others will distance themselves from it."
Aditya Bandopadhay. Lawyer and LGBT rights activist. 
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"India is a very unique country with a lot of different languages, religions, cultures, etc. When we have such diversity, many cultures become more inward-looking because of a lot of dynamics and political considerations. Even if change comes or wants to come, there are groups who aren't interesting in bringing about change because they think that status will let power remain in place. For example, Islam: we have a huge Muslim population in India. There is the principle of 'Triple Talaq' which makes it possible for men to say three times 'talaq' and divorce their wives. This is so oppressive towards women. Change is all about power and how power, resources and opportunities are redistributed across segregating factors, like: gender, cast, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, and so on. India is changing and a lot of good changes are happening but it is not an easy process. The process of change through executive power, parliament and legislation is slow, because every government wishes to win elections and they don't want to displease all the different groups in our society." - Neera Agnimitra. Professor and Head of Department of Social Work (Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi).
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"Our family is very open. Our parents are very supportive. We feel safe but we do face a lot of challenges from childhood to adolescence, even if we try to manage them. Being a girl is a very big task, no matter if you are or are not lesbian. One of the challenges is for example the possibility to live our dreams. The society in which we live is not so open, so we have to work, struggle and fight a lot for our feelings and existence whether it's in love or professional life." .
Kakoli & Saveree Gaur. Actresses with Asmita Theatre Group who played roles in "Ehsaas & Lihaaf" - which focus on the issues lesbian girls face in Indian society #theatre #lgbt #lesbian #culture #india #delhi #girlpower #changemaker #UforChange
"I realised that I was gay when I was 20. In 2012, I started an LGBT movement called 'Harmless Hugs' which wants to touch people's life with media, art, culture and events. This way we can change community's mindset a lot. We started with a small online space with a few members where we used to chat. Right now there are already 6000 members. There are a lot of people who talk about it and how it changed their lives when they started coming to meetings and discussions. So, we definitely see a progress. Society has to become more tolerant and eventually it will." Vinay Kumar. Founder of Harmless Hugs. #lgbt #india #delhi #harmlesshugs #quoteoftheday #culture #media #changemaker #UforChange
"It's very difficult to understand the LGBT content because it's really taboo in India. 'Ehsaas' is the first play on lesbian issues. It was a difficult and challenging process for me. After collecting all the material and talking to so many people, I tried to listen to their pain, difficulties in life and how they face those issues with family, friends and the society. Our goal is to create awarness so that the society will accept it and might change in some way. I try to change people's outlooks. I used theatre as a tool for change, action and awarness."
Arvind Gaur, director of Asmita Theatre Group.
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