Pleasure fellows participate in a series of training sessions held online and facilitated by internal speakers - from The Pleasure Project team - and external ones, including speakers from international organizations and activists from different backgrounds and lived experiences. Pleasure fellows are then able to apply to funding within the Pleasure Fellowship to develop an innovative and sustainable project related to pleasure and SRHR. At its core, the Pleasure Fellowship is an opportunity for fellows to come together to build a community of pleasure and connect with each other. Our intention as The Pleasure Project is to strengthen this network and to amplify and continue to support their work in the years to come!
From Chile to the Philippines, from Japan to Ecuador, our pleasure fellows come from diverse backgrounds and with varied sets of skills that have helped their work in the SRHR world. We hope that the Pleasure Fellowship will empower them, help them to positively contaminate their work, and be active agents of pleasure-change in their own communities.
Utkarsha Jagga is a counselling psychologist and a narrative practitioner, based in New Delhi, India. Her therapy practice is trauma-informed, queer affirmative, and follows a rights-based approach. She has been an SRHR advocate, both inside and outside of the therapy room, and have the experience of working with intersections including gender, sexuality, religion, and other facets of individual identity.
Uluk Batyrgaliev is an international trainer-consultant on SRHR and media influencer in Kyrgyzstan. He is a Health Officer at ECOM — Eurasian Coalition for Health, Rights, Gender and Sexual Diversity. He is a board member of the Reproductive Health Alliance of Kyrgyzstan, Chair of the Steering Committee of YSAFE, Vice-Chair of the IPPF's Board of Trustees, Youth Focal Point in the Family Planning 2030 platform.
Syeda Samara Mortada is a feminist activist based in Bangladesh, and a SRHR expert currently working as the Co-Founder-Coordinator of Bonhishkha, that works towards achieving equality of genders, across the spectrum by removing gender-based stereotypes, and in creating a platform for youth to share their gendered experiences, using arts as the main form to interact.
Remi is based in Beirut, Lebanon and is a highly qualified professional with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a Diploma in Gender, Sex, and Relationship Diversity Therapy. As an advanced accredited Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity therapist, Remi leverages their extensive training and expertise across various fields.
Olivia Teahan is an award-winning Communications Specialist, and Public Health professional, based in Cork, Ireland. She holds a Bachelor of Law and French degree (BCL), and a Master in Public Health (MPH) from University College Cork.
Noor Jaber is a public health researcher and practitioner with 8 years of experience working in sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health and disaster management in the MENA region.
Nonjabulo is a culture disruptor who is passionate for adventurous, ethical, and safe sex. STI and HIV new infections would be reduced in their country if fear and shame attached with sexual pleasure would be removed in sex education.
Kylie Marais is a feminist anthropologist and a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town, based in South Africa. Her doctoral research critically explores the sexual subjectivities of (self-identified) coloured women from Cape Town.
Ms. Kazuko is an ardent SRHR activist in Japan with a focus on access to Comprehensive Sexuality Education(CSE), modern contraceptives, safe abortion, and youth-friendly SRHR services as a founder of a grass-rooted SRHR advocacy movement called #Nandenaino project, which means “Why don’t we have?”, and also co-chair of the Citizens Initiative for Pharmaceutical Access To Emergency Contraception(CIPATEC).
Jamaima Afridi is the only female journalist working in her area. She is a Pakistan-based freelance journalist working with Nikkei Asia, Asia Democracy Chronicles, TNN, Maati TV, Voicepk.net, The Friday Times, and Empower Women Media.
GiA is a queer sex worker, sex educator, pleasure activist, SRHR Advocate, writer, and all-round creative collaborator living in Amsterdam. They have an educational lineage that, together with lived experiences, non-university-dictated books, and meetings with interesting souls and projects, has made them move through the multiple, diverse and endless field of pleasure.
Emilie is an innovative educator with a decade-long dedication to empowering young minds. As a co-founder of Kimia-Critical Pedagogies, she has pioneered transformative educational practices that challenge traditional norms. Emilie holds a master's degree in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Lund University, Sweden, this has helped her to bring a deep understanding of the complexities and possibilities surrounding these topics.
Passionate about transforming sexual health education and promoting pleasure as an integral part of well-being, Deogratia Apwoka Okoko is a dynamic and visionary leader. With over 6 years of experience in driving impactful economic and community development initiatives, Deogratia has dedicated his career to creating positive change in the lives of young men.
Dr. Clarisse Mutimukeye is a highly skilled and motivated medical doctor with over 9 years of experience in advancement of Sexual and reproductive health and rights. She holds a bachelor's degree in General Medicine and Surgery and currently serves as Acting Executive Director at Rwanda Women Doctors for Reproductive Justice.
Chantell is a black lesbian from Botswana who identifies as an African womanist theologian. She is extremely passionate about theology as a field of study and a way of life. Her particular areas of interest are how it relates to or intersects with spirituality, sexuality, gender, and monetary statuary.
Born in Sydney, Alex Bateman is a filmmaker, writer and designer living in New York City. She was previously the Digital Marketing Manager and Graphic Designer for Sydney Film Festival, Communications Coordinator at NIXCo, Director of Verge Creative Arts and Culture Festival, and editor of the Hermes Literary Journal.
Shira Natenda, a feminist, writer, sex worker rights activist, a women human rights defender and SRHR Champion with a bachelor's in Guidance and Counselling. Shira has verst experience in Gender Justice, Sexual Reproductive Health and Feminist Transformational leadership.
Riju Dhakal, a young SRHR enthusiast is the president at YUWA. YUWA is a youth-led, youth-run organization in Nepal working for youth SRHR and other dynamic issues of diverse youths.
Rhiana is an experienced researcher working in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) with a background in Anthropology. Her work at a digital SRH service sees her evaluating how the design of digital SRH services navigate peoples understanding of their health, health care and digital materialities.
Leeza Mangaldas is India's foremost pleasure positive content creator, author of The Sex Book: A Joyful Journey of Self-discovery (published by HarperCollins) , and founder of pleasure and intimacy products brand, Leezu’s. Her sex education videos on social media reach millions of people in India and around the world, daily. Leeza has won several awards for her work, and is a UN Women Ally. She’s proud to have been a recipient of The Pleasure Project Fellowship.
Laura Ramos Tomás is a certified sexuality educator of European origin. She has lived and worked across Latin America at the intersection of poverty, lack of access to education, and gender - and social inequalities for 6 years, working with organizations that support survivors of trafficking, sex workers, and youth and young mothers living in social vulnerability.
Jovian is a social worker, Human rights defender and SRHR advocate. Jovian started Kisumu world of pleasure in 2018 where the major role was to advocate for women empowerment through sexual reproductive health education focusing on sex as a key point.
Jaime is a Chilean sociologist and a strong advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights. He has worked and volunteered with different local and international organizations, including PAHO-WHO, Escuela Transdisciplinaria de Sexualidad (ETSEX), Fundación Chile Positivo, Y+ Global and Youth Against Aids. Over the last few years, he has developed a series of projects within these organizations to address the challenges and problems affecting communities like people living with HIV, the LGBTQ+ community and young people.
Ipsita is a feminist illustrator, researcher & gender advocate from India. She explores various themes of sexuality, pleasure, power and collective care through creative methodologies. She is a strong believer of hope-based communications and loves to capture a shared humanitarian worldview through her art. She currently works with UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report on research around sexuality education.
Dumi is proudly Pan African and unequivocally non-binary queer feminist working on eliminating the barriers between grassroots experiences and global policymaking.
Damian founded his own adult pleasure product business over 15 years ago, retailing online and specialising in accessible products for the disabled and impaired making pleasure and intimacy available to everyone.
Ana P. Santos is an award-winning journalist reporting on sexuality, sexual health, and female migrant labour. Her writing about culturally taboo topics such as sexuality, sexual and reproductive health challenges damaging societal expectations about women’s roles and helps bridge the gap between vulnerable women in Philippine society and legislators who draft policies that affect their right to work, their right to decide about their body, and their right to own their future
Aida is a Bosnian-Dutch medical anthropologist, feminist and works as a programme manager at WOMEN Inc., a Dutch NGO focussing on gender equality in the Netherlands. Before joining WOMEN Inc. she worked as a senior programme officer at Rutgers, managing different SRHR and gender projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Malawi.
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