RI 2009

The South and Southeast Asia Resource Centre on Sexuality conducted its fifth Regional Institute, titled, Sexuality, Society, and Culture, from May 11 - May 18, 2009 in New Delhi, India. The Institute hosted 20 participants from eight countries in South and Southeast Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and The Philippines.


Anne Marie M. Lim
Gay and Lesbian Activist Network for Gender Equality (GALANG) Inc.
The Philippines

Bhagya Dhan Barua
Young Power in Social Action (YPSA)

Eva Aurora Daisog Callueng
Barangay Pinyahan
The Philippines

Emily Cirineo Magharing
Health Action Information Network (HAIN)
The Philippines

Inna Hudaya
Samsara Abortion Recovery

Kashif Muneer
World Population Foundation

Lukman Surahman
Srikandi Sejati Foundation

Maria Bernadette Damairia Pakpahan
Circle Indonesia (Cooperative for Civil Society Resources Development)

Padma Priya Govindan
The Shakti Center Collective for Gender and Sexuality Activism

Tito Paulo 'Pau' Magistrado Fontanos
University of the Philippines Open University
The Philippines

Pratima Bhattarai
Youth Action Nepal

Nirantar - A Centre for Gender and Education

Rashmi K. C.
Equal Access Nepal

Sandhya Kanaka Yatira

Sokkea Sin
Khmer Youth Association

Shahnaz Begum
German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)

Sharada B. N.
Parivarthan - Counselling, Training & Research Centre

Sridhar Mandyam Rangayan
Solaris Pictures

Xecon Jasim Uddin
Boys of Bangladesh

Yanfang Tian
Public Policy and Legal Research Center of
University of Science and Technology Beijing



Radhika Chandiramani founded TARSHI, was the Director of the South and Southeast Asia Resource Centre on Sexuality and co-Director of the Sexuality and Rights Institute in India. A clinical psychologist, Radhika works and writes on issues of sexuality, sexuality education, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.  She co-edited Sexuality, Gender and Rights: Exploring Theory and Practice in South and South East Asia (SAGE: 2005) and has written Good Times for Everyone: Sexuality Questions, Feminist Answers (Women Unlimited: 2008). She was also the editor of In Plainspeak, the quarterly magazine of the South and Southeast Asia Resource Centre on Sexuality.

Michael Protacio De Guzman is an independent consultant who has been working in the area of HIV and AIDS, sexuality and reproductive health and rights with a number of NGOs in Cambodia. He has extensive training experience as well as experience in providing technical assistance to NGO partners on sexual and reproductive health issues (including HIV/AIDS and ASRH) through one-on-one mentoring, facilitating education sessions and workshops. He has worked in Cambodia and the Philippines. 

Geetanjali Misra, is Executive Director, CREA, New Delhi, India and co-Director of the Sexuality and Rights Institute in India. She has worked intensively at the activist, grant making and policy levels in the fields of sexuality, reproductive health and violence against women. She is also the co-founder of SAKHI for South Asian women in New York and is the President of the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID).

Dede Oetomo is a founding member and trustee of GAYA NUSANTARA Foundation, Surabaya, Indonesia, a community-based organization working on issues of diversity in sex, gender and sexuality. He is also a Special Reader at the Postgraduate Program, University of Surabaya.

Meena Saraswathi Seshu has worked with VAMP, a collective of people in prostitution in Sangli, India, and with SANGRAM, an organization that works with sex workers to assert and defend their rights. She also works with people living with HIV and AIDS. She is currently establishing CASAM, the Center for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalization, a project of SANGRAM that works to advocate for the reduction of stigma, violence and harassment of marginalized communities. In 2002, Meena was awarded the Human Rights Defender Award from Human Rights Watch in recognition of her outstanding work.

Special Lecture by:

Shohini Ghosh Associate Professor, Video & TV Production, AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, is a media scholar and independent filmmaker.