It was started with the objective to sensitise the work and culture of groups and individuals working on issues of gender-based violence, livelihoods, education, and health from a queer perspective through research & evaluations, capacity building, and advocacy. We use the word queer for people who have diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. A queer
perspective helps build links between issues of people marginalised on the basis of gender and sexuality, and the existing work on violence, livelihoods, education, and health in order to impact the discourse on pleasure, desire, rights, and entitlements). We work towards affirming the rights of queer women and trans* persons by making their lives visible. We believe queer women and trans* persons have the innate capacity to understand, demand, and access their rights. We create an enabling environment where their lived realities are non-negotiable.
Since our inception, we have been doing crisis intervention work with help from Human Rights lawyers. Some of the cases which have been mentioned in the media are:
Currently, one of our biggest challenges is the lack of shelter homes for queer women and trans* persons in Delhi. We have been able to provide support to many couples and individuals, however, it has been noticed that there is a constant lack of shelter homes due to which we have to open our houses to serve as shelters for them. This option is not only dangerous for queer activists but also not feasible in long run.
In view of the above, we propose to open a safe home/shelter home for queer women and trans* persons in Delhi . The budget requirement for this purpose is INR10,00,000.
Our core team consists of queer women and trans* persons. Key people are: Rituparna Borah and Ritambhara Mehta as Co-Directors of Nazariya. Rituparna is a queer feminist activist with over15 years of experience working on issues of LGBT*QIA+, gender, sexuality, and education. Before Nazariya, she was with Nirantar: A Centre of Gender and Education. She is also a part of Voices Against 377 which was a co-petitioner in the Section 377 case.
Ritambhara Mehta is a queer feminist with 10 years of experience working on gender, sexuality and education. Before Nazariya, she worked with the research unit of Pratham Education Foundations, ASER and Planning Commission. She is an IVLP Fellow of the US Department of State.