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In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, NYC-based gender justice organization Sakhi presents our DV month panel event:

Domestic Violence: Intersections, Awareness, & Creating Communities of Care, taking place October 26th 6:30-8:30 PM at the American Arbitration Association (150 E. 42nd Street, 17th floor) with a light reception following.

This event is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Institute at NYU.

Our intersectional panel seeks to explore the complex issues of domestic violence with dynamic speakers from varying backgrounds (the arts, direct service, grassroots activism, policy) and place it within larger cultural conversations about patriarchy, sexuality, autonomy, community accountability, and more. How can we create systems of community accountability? What do these activists and advocates wish more people knew about domestic violence and survivorship? What are key ways we can work to support survivors and break the silence around these issues in our daily lives? We’re looking forward to exploring these and many more pressing questions with you at this event. Panel will be followed by an audience Q+A.

Seating is limited // please RSVP here on Eventbrite! 

We welcome a suggested donation of any amount to participate in this event.

To learn more about Sakhi for South Asian Women, please visit www.sakhi.org.



Joya Dass is a long time business news anchor in New York City. She has been seen delivering live reports on the markets from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for Bloomberg, CNN, ABC, CBS, and most recently NY1 News. Since December 2002, she was also the host of the popular Saturday morning show AVS, bringing the latest on the Bollywood film industry news into the living rooms of first and second generation Indians living in the United States. Joya was recently recruited by Morgan Stanley to join a wealth management team at the New York City flagship operation. This continues the thruline of empowering women, which began with Dass’ networking initiative LadyDrinks, working to support South Asian female professionals in senior to mid level management or entrepreneurship in New York, Princeton, Toronto, and New Delhi.


Stephanie Nilva is an attorney and the Founder and Executive Director of Day One, an organization that partners with youth to end dating abuse and domestic violence through community education, supportive services, legal advocacy and leadership development. Following her graduation from law school, Stephanie received a New York State IOLA Legal Services Fellowship to work at Legal Services for New York. Subsequent to her fellowship, Stephanie became a staff attorney at New York Legal Assistance Group and then became the Acting Director and Managing Attorney at Community Law Center in Oakland, California. Stephanie returned to New York and became the Executive Director of Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT). Stephanie has published two articles for practitioners on the subject of teen dating abuse and appears on national television as an expert in the field. She graduated from Hamilton College with a Bachelor of Arts and received her juris doctorate degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she was awarded the Jonathan A. Weiss Award for Public Interest. Stephanie has also been a finalist in The New Yorker magazine’s cartoon caption-writing contest.

Sharmin Hossain is the Manager of Youth Organizing at Planned Parenthood of New York City, working to build and uplift PP Generation Action youth organizing initiatives with leaders, campus groups, and coalition partners across the 5 boroughs. Alongside social media advocacy, she designs and leads trainings for youth leaders focused on organizing and advocacy skills, leadership development, and issues connected to reproductive health, rights, and justice. A graduate from CUNY Hunter College, Sharmin founded the Bangladeshi Historical Memory Project, a political theatre initiative reconciling histories of trauma and displacement. Sharmin was a core member of the Jackson Heights Cop Watch team, working to challenge systemic racism and police violence in NYC.

A’Driane Nieves is a writer, artist, activist, and speaker with a heart for serving others and social good. She is a mental health advocate living with bipolar disorder, and a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety. She’s also a mother of three. A’Driane’s painting examines trauma and pain and celebrates the resiliency, joy, and transformation that occurs in spite of it. As a writer, she as been honored as a BlogHer Voice of the Year and invited to speak at several writers conferences including BlogHer and Mom 2.0. She is a former contributing editor to Postpartum Progress, the most widely read blog on maternal mental health. In 2015, A’Driane had the pleasure of taking the stage with other phenomenal storytellers as part of the Austin ensemble of Listen to Your Mother. As a visual artist, she was invited to participate in an exhibition at Wild Goose Festival with NYT bestselling author and painter Frank Schaeffer. She has been featured in BlogHer, Everyday Feminism, UpworthyBuzzfeed, and Mashable.

Maria D’Cruze is the Wellness Group Coordinator for Womankind, formerly known as New York Asian Women’s Center. Maria oversees all wellness groups and activities for survivors of DV, HT, and SV across the lifespan. It is essential to provide survivors of trauma a healing space that is customized for their specific needs. Maria strives to re-introduce holistic and Asian specific healing modalities that help move forward from isolation to connectedness with oneself, others and the world. She has a Masters in social work specializing in Clinical practice working with individuals, families and group. Maria also provides space for POC looking to celebrate culture, discuss trauma, and practice community-care with yoga and mindfulness.

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Sakhi for South Asian Women is excited to announce our call for poets and writers for an upcoming reading in collaboration with Interference Archive in Brooklyn on November 9th, 2017.

Interference Archive is an open stacks archival collection of social movements established in 2011. Sakhi is excited to collaborate with Interference Archive in conjunction with their current exhibition, “Take Back the Fight: Resisting Sexual Violence from the Ground Up”, which focuses on organized responses to gender and sexual violence, highlighting the ways individuals and communities have developed creative and powerful grassroots and non-institutional justice and healing practices.

We are seeking poets and writers for a reading in the exhibition space on the evening of November 9th, 2017. We are looking to feature poets and writers whose work deals explicitly with feminism, gender, sexual violence, healing, and resistance.

If you’re interested in being featured in this reading, please email Sakhi volunteer Sazia Afrin at sazia.afr@gmail.com with links to your website and work and an attachment of the piece you’d like to share by Friday, October 20th, 2017. Writers will have the opportunity to sell chapbooks and other merchandise at the event. Women, queer, trans, and gender nonbinary poets and writers of color strongly encouraged to apply!

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Thanks so much for coming out to “Gender Justice & The Arts: An Asian-American Showcase” at Bowery Poetry!

We’re still glowing from this incredible night of artistry and community building. On July 31st, more than 100 of you gathered with us at the beautiful Bowery Poetry Club on the Lower East Side for a spectacular night of storytelling, musical performance, poetry, and soul baring that explored the issues closest our hearts. Our diverse lineup of artists touched on everything from sexuality, queerness, gender expression, home, belonging, radical love, gender identity, resistance, and more. Yoni Ki Raat alum Shubha began the show with a performance about navigating womanhood and bodily autonomy. Bex Kwan shared spoken word and poetry that touched on themes of family, diaspora, and gender expression, followed by a music and storytelling performance from Riti Sachdeva, who walked and danced among the audience to the beautiful sounds of clarinet player Lee Odom. Poet Kai Williams shared new work that bit back at exoticized imagery of brown and Asian women that left our audience cheering. Nonbinary artist Shriya Samavai shared excerpts from their first chapbook — poems that explore gender identity, loss, religion, and dissociation. Queer performer Dee Mandiyan shared stories about navigating life and love as a genderqueer person, and our show was closed out by the beautiful sounds of jazz and R&B musician Ashni Dave, whose songwriting is influenced by her immigrant and South Asian identities. She even musically accompanied a gorgeous spoken word piece by her sister. Each of these artists brought magic to the stage, and we’re so thrilled to have been able to bring them together and share space with all of you, our community, at this show. Please support and follow these incredible artists of color: collaborate with them, buy their work, invite them to perform, and help uplift and empower their words and creations if you were moved by what you saw.



Join Sakhi for South Asian Women for “Gender Justice + The Arts: An Asian-American Showcase” this July 31st at Bowery Poetry Club! Featuring an incredible line up of poetry, spoken word, performance, and music, this event brings together a group of Asian American women, trans, and nonbinary artists whose work explores the intersections between creative expression, gender identity, and politics. Join us for what will surely be an unforgettable night of community building and thoughtful exploration of the many facets of what makes us who we are. Tickets are $20 online or at the door. See you at Bowery!

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Shuba Bala 
Shubha is an Indo-Canadian-New Yorker, and can be found complaining when it’s hot and when it’s cold. She’s an engineer, works in criminal justice reform, and is a creator of stories and arts & crafts. She founded Kalyani Magazine, has published prose, poetry and visual art in various magazines including Off the Coast and A Common Thread, has performed original work in the Vagina Monologues, Yoni Ki Raat 2016, Six Word Memoirs, and more, and is a Voices Of Our Nation (VONA) graphic novel alum. She co-directed Yoni Ki Raat 2017.

Bex Kwan 
Bex Kwan is a queer/trans chinese-singaporean multimedia artist who works in words, food, and performance. Their creative practice asks questions about family, faith, domestic labor, race, migration, and tenderness. Bex has been invited to present at theaters/galleries/ universities in Singapore and the US, including La MaMa and Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and was a part of EMERGENYC—the Hemispheric New York Emerging Performers Program. More at www.bexkwan.com

Riti Sachdeva 
Riti Sachdeva is a theatre maker, dancer, and cultural worker. She has been creating art in some shape, form, or rhythm for twenty five years, incorporating text, installation, and dance into her work. Born in India, she is deeply influenced by the vast land, history, mythology and people of her origins. Raised in the U.S., her work is marked by the social and political climate of the Americas.

Kai Williams 
Kai Williams is a fiction writer and spoken word poet based in New York City. Most recently, she received an Honorable Mention for her submission to the New York Times’ Modern Love college essay contest. She is a 2015 alumna of the National YoungArts Foundation, as a national finalist in writing. Her work has been published in The AmerAsia Journal, Pushing Past Limits: Young Writer’s Anthology published by VerbalEyze Press, For the Sonorous Magazine and Mask Magazine. She is also a founder and Executive Director of Eat At The Table Theatre Company, a non-profit theater arts organization for young actors of color.

Shriya Samavai 
Shriya Samavai is a photographer and poet of Indian descent living in New York City. She works to empower people of color and gender non-conforming people through her photographs and poems. She has written and photographed for publications including Vice, Rookie Mag, and The Huffington Post. In March 2017 she published her first chapbook ‘Somewhere Between Silver & Gold’, a collection of poetry on gender, religion, and dissociation. More atwww.shriyasamavai.com

Dee Mandiyan 
Born and bred in Jersey, Dee aspires to bring new levels of queerness to everyday life, with the help of both their lady love and feline life partner. Their passion lies in expanding models of gender, racial, and sexual identity and simultaneously promoting more complex narratives of those intersections. They are especially invested in complicating the literature on multiply-oppressed communities through detailed and comprehensive contextualization. Much of their time is spent advocating and agitating for racial and queer justice through literature, education and social media.

Ashni Dave 
Ashni is a singer, songwriter & living-room-dancer. She is inspired by how individuals learn to build relationships to the self, to others, and to communities. The trials and errors of pain’s preciptations: reactions, responses, and lessons in healing guide my work. When we are hurt, how do we respond? With anger? Anxiety? Compassion? How sweet is the joy in connection! With soulful melodies, powerful lyrics and rhythmic current, heavy with jazz and R&B influence, she gracefully envelops listeners in a reflective, cathartic dimension. She is currently teaching, creating and performing in New York City. Her performance credits include Rockwood Music Hall, Music Hall of Williamsburg, The Greene Space, Rough Trade, and more. Her music has been featured on Spotify’s Women of Jazz playlist, Bitch Media’s Podcast: Growing Up Immigrant, and the acclaimed, up-and-coming web series Brown Girls. More at www.ashnimusic.com.

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