International Women’s Day: Advancing Nanak’s Vision for Gender Equality
Today, March 8th, is the 100th annual International Women’s Day! This yearstheme isEqual access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland,...
Postmodern “Hukam”
Guest blogged by Ajaib Kaur Amrita (Ami) Kaur Dangs sound often is described as a blend of the classical (traditional) and the experimental (non-traditional). Tossing together her North Indian vocal training with impressive sitar skills, she playfully builds collages of inquiry. Also creating the...
A new kind of Joan of Arc/(Punjab?)
Blogged by: Amritpan For many years UNICEF India has attempted to survey and document the declining sex ratio and female feticide in India. And for many years the government of India has maintained that Punjab (and thus Sikhs) consistently registered the highest number of kuri maar cases, as compared...
Half The Sky
The issue of forced marriages and domestic violence clearly struck a chord with many of the TLH readers. But somewhere deep in the comments over titles, or whether these are Sikh or Punjabi issues, or whether or not we should air our “dirty laundry” in the first place I feel some of the...
Immigrant Women: Perseverance & Agency
This past weekend, as I was talking to a Punjabi Sikh woman who came to the United States about 13-14 years ago, I heard how agency and perseverance define the experiences of immigrant women in the United States. She told me about the great new apartment she just got for her family and how the laundry...
Gurmat Gian Group: An All Sikh Womens Gurmat Sangeet Group
Recently we have discussed gurmat sangeet (i.e. classical keertan) on TLH. This past week, I came across an all Sikh womens gurmat sangeet group from Punjab. Their voices are absolutely beautiful! The emotion that raags convey that words alone cannot express is actually felt in these womens performances....
Providing Comfort Through Art: A Salon-Owner & Painter
As International Womens Day approaches us this weekend, I wanted to highlight the story of one woman who left a life of violence to a home of comfort built from creativity. Tanya Momi, a Bay Area South Asian woman from Chandigarh, is a painter and owner of Spoil-Me Salon, who left a long-term abusive...
Dont Feel Sorry For Me, I Am The Daughter Of A Shaheed
As the 25th anniversary of 1984 approaches us, TLH posts have covered some activities commemorating this devastating time in our history. My most vivid memories of “1984” are watching Indira Gandhis funeral on television and the border of photos inside my local Gurdwaras Langar Hall of...