We, at The SAARI Collective, wish to acknowledge and celebrate International Women’s Day all week. We invite you to join us in recognising and celebrating the efforts, achievements and immense contributions of South Asian women across Australia.
Join us as we profile some resilient and inspiring South Asian women over the coming days. Today, we’re celebrating Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa and Supriya Singh, who represent two different generations but equally use their strong voices as social activists, writers, creators and commentators to tell truths and encourage women to rise up and embrace the strengths of their cultural heritage.
Profile - Supriya Singh
“Aspiring and emerging South Asian girls and women leaders can best lead when they move from the strength of their own culture and upbringing.”
Supriya Singh is a writer, a sociologist of money and an Honorary Professor at the Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT. Born in India, she moved to Australia in 1986 and has since worked on several academic works as well as publications surrounding the sociological imagination which links personal troubles with public issues around money, gender, family, marriage, migration and family violence.
A celebrated writer, her upcoming books in 2021 are ‘A House over the Diamond Creek: A Whimsical Journey through Gardens and Life’ and ‘Domestic Economic Abuse: The Violence of Money’. She is interested in people’s personal stories and their reflection of the social issues surrounding them and believes the main challenge for some women is "to gain the best possible education and ensure they are financially resilient to choose the life they want to live".
Supriya believes South Asian girls and women in Australia can become leaders by recognising their strengths and connecting with communities across all cultures to help others deal with their personal troubles as they connect with social issues.
She now lives in her homes in Melbourne and Dharamshala, working on her upcoming book releases. She is also giving a TEDx talk on 20 March 2021at TEDxFORESchool entitled Money and its Morality: From Use to Abuse. You can find more information and tickets here.
Profile - Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa
“All it takes is one voice to spark a conversation, create a collective, and lead a movement towards change. Be that voice. Join that movement. And fuck the patriarchy, desi style!”
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a poet, performer and screenwriter. She is passionate about diversity and the value of visibility in the performing arts. Her works are notable fusions of her advocacy background and her love for the arts. Sukhjit’s creations provoke conversations around Australian identity, feminism, the third culture kid experience, and the power of uncomfortable conversations and have led her to tour globally as well as across her nation.
As an outstanding creative leading with authenticity, she competed as a finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam Competition in 2014, performed on Australia’s Got Talent as a semi-finalist in 2016, presented at TedxUWA in 2017 and TedxNewtown in 2019. In 2019, Sukhjit also premiered her debut theatre show, Fully Sikh, and has also performed with notable artists such as Missy Higgins and L-FRESH the Lion.
Sukhjit is now working on developing two awaited television projects, ‘What would Suki do?’ and ‘One of the Good Ones’. Her projects have received support from Screenwest, ABC and the US accelerator program, Imagine Impact. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Pranjali Sehgal is a writer, public servant and member of SAARI's Editorial Team.