For the very first time in the history, transgender members from Ondede were invited by the Reserve Bank of India on the 6th of July to be part of Board of Directors meeting, to discuss with Honorable Governor Raghuram G. Rajan about the economic status of the Transgender community in India. It was a privilege to be a part of this event, and to see the issues of trangenders being represented within economic policy formation. Dr. Rajan instructed to Directors of RBI to take necessary action for the inclusion of transgenders at all the levels. Other friends and Ondede supporters who were present at the meeting were Kiran Mazumdar, MP Rajeev Gowda, the Vice Chancellor of NLS, and the theatre Activist Prasanna.
Ondede is a Kannada word for convergence. Recognizing and acknowledging that are existing movements like child rights, women’s rights, sexual minority rights, other vulnerable sections and various community media platforms , Ondede endeavors to link these different groups through areas of dialogue, research and action on dignity-voice – sexuality. Ondede Logo Meaning The letter O in the logo represents “convergence”, and the little twirl moving out to say something new will emerge… Vision Ondede envisions a society that provides access is non-discriminatory and gender-just. Mission To create a space for dialogue and support and strengthen action to visibilize issues of Dignity-Voice- Sexuality in relation to children, women and sexual minorities Objectives • To establish linkages between different social movements in three inter-connected areas • To provide platform for people and movements to come together to interact and dialogue • To increase evidence based advocacy in policy and practice and creation of a knowledge hub Approach We believe in a rights based and inclusive approach • Partnerships with community based organizations, social movements and other individuals - by building contacts, linkages and solidarities • Engagement with the state and other actors • Amplifying voices through use of community media • Conduct research, documentation and campaigns