Woman of the Week: Palvinder
Growing up in the small but wonderful town of Yuba City, I was connected with the Punjabi Sikh community from a young age. It wasn’t until my college years that I witnessed and was able to appropriately articulate the many issues of gender discrimination, sexism, and abuse within the community. I was lucky to have grown up in a family where my naniji, a single mother with five daughters, was the nucleus of the family. It was during my college years that I, along with numerous Kaurs, were able to develop and establish programs for Kaurs – we created an open mic night for Kaurs (formerly known as Kaur Voices and now Piram Pyala) and Bhujangan Kaur Leadership Retreat, a 5-day camp by Kaurs for Kaurs, with the Jakara Movement. My understanding of our role as Sikhs and feminists is to ensure sarbat da bhalla, the well-being of all – regardless of race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc. I have been lucky to have pillars of support that allow me to continue to grow, learn, and do meaningful work. My hope is that we all foster spaces that are intentional, inclusive, and authentic. We must understand the needs of our youth, equip them with the skills and tools necessary, and support them in reaching their full potential. I am constantly in awe of all of the amazing Kaurs I meet and want to build a robust network of Kaurs who continue to challenge the status quo.