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Sisters Spotlight: Deb Singh

Deb Singh

Deb is a warrior feminist activist. As a settler on TurtleIsland and as a queer, working class, woman of colour, she believes the acts of resistance and love are all part of the rent she pays to be on the planet. deb is an artist, an amateur chef and cat lover. Her greatest achievements include being the staff coordinator of Take Back the Night, being a professional listener and supporting our various communities in various ways.

Sisters Spotlight: Vijaya Chikermane

Vijaya Chikermane

Vijaya is the Executive Director at the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention and has been involved in HIV, AIDS, sexual health and gender equity work in Toronto, India, and Ecuador. She has been a feminist since as far as she can remember and thoroughly enjoys dissecting and deconstructing oppression. Vijaya also sits on the Board for Women’s Health in Women’s Hands and has experience in program and organizational development, communications and capacity building. She migrated to Canada in 1995 after living in the United Arab Emirates and India and considers ‘home’ a mix of all three.

Sisters Spotlight: Dilani Mohan

Dilani Mohan

Dilani is a co-founder and coordinator of finances for The Miss G Project. She holds degrees in business, common law, and civil law, but her academic interests focus on nationalisms, self-determination, immigration, and human rights generally from a critical race and feminist perspective. A Tamil-Canadian, Dilani was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka but has also lived in Zambia and France. She currently lives in Berlin, Germany, where she is commencing her articles in international human rights law. Dilani also advocates for the rights of Sri Lanka’s Tamils and other displaced persons. She is fluent in both Tamil and French, has trained as a brown-belt in Shoto-kan Karate, and is also a Bharathanatya dancer.

Sisters Spotlight: Shaunga Tagore

Shaunga Tagore

Shaunga Tagore has always been a storyteller. Growing up as a young girl in Manitoba (her parents immigrated from West Bengal in the 70s) she would often write and draw her thoughts on bedroom walls and bathroom doors, make up plays with her friends to present to her neighbors and family, and she generally talked to herself a lot. Today she lives in Toronto and works with Asian Arts Freedom School (a radical Asian history and creative writing program for Asian-identified youth) and with Shameless Magazine (a feminist, anti-oppressive magazine for teen girls and trans youth). Her passions and excitement lie within writing, filmmaking, songwriting and burlesque dancing as modes of telling stories. She is also a certified astrology nerd.

South Asian Women’s Action Collective works with self-identified women in the Scarborough-area to come up with creative strategies to end systemic and domestic Violence Against Women (VAW). We are a working group under the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA).