Dr. Akkai Padmashali
Dr.Akkai Padmashali, a male to female trans- woman and gender activists has over a decade of experience in the developmental sector.
Born a male in a middle-class family, she had to discontinue her studies, after Grade 10, due to discrimination based on gender. She took to sex work to make ends meet and in 2004 joined Sangama (an organization working on transgender rights), as a part time staff member to educate the sexual minority community members about their rights at cruising areas. She was the promoted as a community Mobilizer and was soon promoted as a Field Supervisor. During that time, she also worked on issues concerning Right to Health and Right to access Condom and other services.
In 2009, as a the Documentation officer for Sangama, she started to work on Gender, Gender based and Sexual based violence with Indian Judiciary, Legislation, Execution, Media, Civil Society Organisations, working class gender and sexual minorities etc.
In 2012, Akkai was invited by the President of India to attend the Swearing in Ceremony of the Hon’ble Chief Justice Shri Altamas Kabir, Supreme Court of India, and was invited His Excellency Governor of Kerala to attend the swearing in ceremony of the Hon’ble Chief Justice Smt Manjula Chellur of the Kerala High Court and in the same year she became the first male Transgender in Karnataka to complete her Sex Reassignment Surgery counselling process in NIMHANS and underwent a Sex Change Surgery.
She was also part of the discussion on rape law, at the Justice Verma Committee constituted for the Nirbhaya Gang rape case. In 2013, she joined Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz, a community radio station, licensed to Jain University to head the project “Out of Shadows”. The project was aimed at Strengthening Advocacy Activities for Gender, Sexual Minorities & Sex Workers. Following a year of field work, in 2014, she co-founded Ondede (which mean convergence in Kannada), to link the different movements like Child Rights, Women’s Rights and Sexual Minorities Rights through areas of dialogue, research and action on dignity-voice – sexuality with the dream of pursuing her vision for a gender just world. Ondede at present is supported by Radio Active and will soon be registered as an independent entity.
In her free time, Akkai practices singing and has recorded Lakshmi stuti- Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma ( a Kannada prayer dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi ) for the album- Songs of Caravan and for the popular show Jeeva Diary – Rethinking Perspectives: Queer Issues, Views and Stories” on the life of Uma on Radio Active.
||M. Suman (Sana)
|| Program Manager (Trans Sexual Women)
BBM (Bachelor of Business Management) – Discontinued in 4 Sem, United Degree Mission college, BA – Journalism in sociology, Computer Knowledge DCA (Diploma in Computer Application), DEO (Data Entry operating), MS Office etc.
Work Experience: Worked in Sangama (NGO) – as full time out reach worker on HIV/AIDS Prevention, as Community mobilizer, Data Entry Operator, Monitoring & Evaluations officer – 2 years from 2007 to 2009
Worked in Samara ( Community Based Organisation )as Project Co-ordinator on KHPT (Karnataka Health Promotion Trust) project and KSAPS ( Karnataka State Aids Prevention Society) project.- 2009 -2012
EQUATIONS as program Associate in Website Management, Researcher, Information managements, and Information Dissemination. 2012 to 2016…
- Research Paper on LGBT and Tourism in Karnataka.
- Research Paper on Caste Based and Sexuality Based Discriminations (exclusion – economic benefits, & violence) in Tourism in Tamil Nadu
- Developed an Advocacy Material (Poster and Briefing Sheet on LGBT and Tourism) Attached
Worked in news TV channel as an Anchor for news reader
Radio Active (Community radio): Done a Radio programme shows on the issues Transgender violence, Family acceptances etc
- Associated with Ondede organisation:
- work on the Transgender rights as in part convergence activities in different sectors of marginalized communities as advisory for the organisation
Worked in Swatantra Organisation for the human rights of LGBT community in Karnataka as project coordinator
|| Finances /Admin, (Trans Sexual Women)
She as completed 2nd PUC , Computer Fundamental Course, Kannada and English Typing, Tally, experiences 2 years worked as Data entry operator and 1 year as team leader Data entry in SOS soft ware tech, 1 year worked in Samara a Community Based Organisation as Assistant Finances and Admin,