Last Month at OFC | September 2019


A recap of what the team at One Future Collective has been up to, in the past month.

September has been an exciting, exhilarating and utterly eventful month at OFC. Here’s a snapshot of all the things we’ve pulled off this month.

Youth Meetup: Mental Health and the Workplace

Our youth meetup on Mental Health and the Workplace was held on the 7th of September and was based on the theme of Mental Health and the Workplace. A meetup on the same theme was conducted in Bangalore on the 21st of September. The meetups focused on mental health concerns and self-care for working youth and young professionals.

Twitter Chat: Feminist Justice

On Monday, 2nd September, we held a Twitter chat on the topics of feminism and justice. The chat was moderated by Nishma Jethwa our Program Director for Feminist Justice and coordinator of the FemJustice Legal Centre, launched last month. To read more about the discussion, click here.

Quiz Night- Queer History

OFC’s Queer Resource Centre was super excited to hold a Queer Quiz Night on the 4th of September. The event was fun and informative which helped participants dive deeper into India’s queer past and present. It was moderated by Shruti Venkatesh and Jerin Jacob.

Certificate Course: Queer Sexual Health

The Queer Resource Centre hosted a two day certificate course on Queer Sexual Health in association with the Canadian Consulate in Mumbai on the 14th and 21st of September, 2019. The course a wonderful turnout and lots of intense learning and sharing of dissent, discussion and dialogue.

One Future Fellowship, 2019

The One Future Fellowship which commenced with gusto on the 4th of August is going ahead with full power. We have 13 amazing fellows who form our first cohort and come from diverse backgrounds and who’ve commenced their social leadership journeys with us with in person training, social impact projects and additional coaching. We have successfully completed eight weeks of intensive yet interactive and fulfilling days of co-learning and knowledge sharing with them. This month, we also conducted a host of webinars for our fellows on varied topics.

Workshop: Apne Aap Women’s Collective

We conducted a session on Digital Literacy on the 5th September for the 14 girls at Apne Aap Women’s Collective in Kamathipura. The session was led by Esha Agarwal and Prerna Laddha.

Workshops: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Shikha Academy

Jerin Jacob and Vandita Morarka conducted sessions on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) on the 5th September for students at Shikha Academy. Vandita Morarka hosted a session on the same for parents of the students on 22nd September.

Workshop: Introduction to Mental Health, Christ University, Bangalore

Our first collaboration with Centre for Social Action (CSA) Volunteers at Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru was a workshop on ‘Introduction to Mental Health and First Aid’. The course was structured to understand Mental Health and the difference between Mental Health and Mental Illness. The content curated enabled the students on how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helped identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. The students rated the overall workshop a 4 on 5.

DIGNA Advisory Group Meeting, Georgia

Our Founder Vandita Morarka was in Tbilisi, Georgia from the 6-12th September for the Annual Meeting of the CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation- Diversity and Inclusion Group  for Networking and Action (DIGNA) Advisory Group. DIGNA offers a space for different representatives, activists and allies of the civil society the chance to speak, debate, analyze and share not only ideas, but resources, tools, and practices linked to diversity and inclusion in networks and organizations.

TweetChat: LGBTQ Myths and Facts

The Queer Resource Centre hosted a Tweet Chat around LGBTQ myths and facts on the 20th of September. Program Director, Shruti Venkatesh moderated the chat.

Session: Women Empowerment, CDAC, Kharghar

Our COO, Jerin Jacob, was invited to give a talk on Women Empowerment at the Workplace for the employees of CDAC, Kharghar on the 25th of September. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) is the main research and development group for the Department of Information Technology (DIT) and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) in India. The talk was super interactive and well received followed by a very engaging discussion on ways and means to bring about positive women workforce empowerment.

Power Ladies Coffee with Lulu Raghavan: The Power of Personal Branding

Our COO, Jerin Jacob attended the Power Ladies Coffee on the 26th September hosted by WeWorks Labs and New Campus, India. The guest of the day was Lulu Raghavan who led the interactive and engaging discussion on The Power of Personal Branding.

National Convening on Adolescent Healthcare, New Delhi

Our Program Officer: One Future Fellowship, Prerna Laddha represented OFC at the National Convening on Adolescent Healthcare conducted by YP Foundation in New Delhi from 28th September-1st October.

Upcoming events

Certificate Course: Gender Sensitisation and PoSH Training

We are hosting a two day certificate training programme to enable participants to get an in depth understanding of Anti Sexual Harassment Laws in India from the lens of gender justice, intersectionality, diversity and inclusion. This course will be held in Mumbai (11-12th October), Delhi (19-20th October) and Bangalore (8-9th November). To sign up, click here. To know more about the course, click here.

Workshop: Self Care

We are hosting a three hour interactive workshop on learning different self care techniques and practices on 10th October at WeWork, Raheja Platinum from 5.30-8.30pm. This would include conversations, developing community based principles of self care and creating our own self care action plans for World Mental Health Day 2019. To sign up, click here.

Workshop: Financial Literacy

Millennials and Money is an interactive money-management session for students and young women. This workshop will be held on the 12th October at Haiku Jam, Bandra from 4.30-7pm. To sign up, click here.

Mapping and negotiating power

Uncuff India Episode 10: Dimensions of conflict and peace: visioning a utopian world

Uncuff India Episode 9: Civic space and dissent: A pathway to social justice