Recognition has helped Love Matters India secure funding from the Ford Foundation, the Packard Foundation, Ideas 42, and the multi-donor AmplifyChange. This has produced a variety of sub-projects ranging from campaigning against Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and working to normalise Comprehensive Sexuality Education (SC) to increasing acceptance for LGBT people.
Taking it to the streets
Offline events are also important. This is where Love Matters gets personal with its audience, creates inspiration, and keeps its finger on the pulse of change. Events are crucial for mobilising young people to take a leadership role, and claim their rights.
A major event in 2019 was The Abortion and Reproductive Rights Fest marking World Safe Abortion Day. A range of activities – storytelling, doctor consultations, performance art, sharing of important resources on abortion rights– meant the fest had something to offer everyone while changing attitudes.
Another successful event in 2019 was Conqueer which brought together diverse stakeholders to assess the issues facing India’s LGBTQ community. The event was well attended by the media and resulted in some concrete recommendations and suggestions by stakeholders from within the different fields.