What does it mean to be a 21st century British woman of South Asian heritage?

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Gender, culture, ethnicity and religion are more prominent in Western headlines than ever before. Every cultural background seems to have its own expectations on what a woman should do/say/be – what career to aspire to, what age to be married by, what her role in society should be. So what happens when a woman finds herself navigating the intricate balance between two very different cultures? And how does that affect her identity and her future?

The rise in significance of ‘intersectional feminism’ has seen the ‘Black Feminist’ movement grow, and inspired by this, two British South Asian women have created S.A.S.S. – South Asian Sisters Speak. We hope for it to become a community of British South Asian women who can connect through common experiences and interests; to foster a safe environment to share and support one another in navigating the highs and lows of sometimes conflicting cultural expectations.

On Saturday 18th March, we are hosting our first meetup/discussion event in London. There will be a variety of activities supporting the central conversation, focusing on the experiences of British South Asian women. To kick off the discussion, we’ll be hearing from women who have openly shared their views on their lives as British South Asian women:

– Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan www.thebrownhijabi.com

– Maryam Siddiqui

– Sheerah Ravindren www.sheerahravindren.tumblr.com

– Jaspreet Kaur http://www.behindthenetra.com/, Insta/Twitter @behindthenetra

– Samar Islam

– Tasnima Uddin @brownaandlovely

Whilst this discussion will initially be speaker-led, we envision this to be an open event that is inclusive of all voices and experiences.

Please register for a free ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/south-asian-sisters-speak-tickets-31978555721

18th March: 15.00 – 16.30

Platform, Hornsey Road Baths, 2 Tiltman Place, off Hornsey Road, N7 7EE London, United Kingdom

Join us to share, learn and build the S.A.S.S. community – we hope to see you there!

Shirin and Sheetal

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