WHO ARE WE?
The Rights Collective is a group of South Asian womxn who are looking to tackle the distinct, and often insidious, ways in which gender inequality manifests within the Hindu community in the UK.
Since this type of inequality is often justified by our community itself, on the basis of historical socio-cultural and religious norms, we believe it is our duty to dismantle and subvert some of these norms within our own spaces.
If you want to work with us, get in touch below!
WHY ARE WE TAKING ACTION NOW?
Our collective and individual experiences have shown us how cultural practices, deeply embedded socio-cultural norms, and the ‘immigrant’ experience can negatively shape and uphold notions of what a womxn should be.
Some reasons for this include:
perceived fear and settled habits within the community
clear failure of British support services to accommodate and support Hindu women.
We are all too aware of how external views of the community can be limiting in reaching the crux of the issues. Often, we see how perceptions of our communities can extend certain negative tropes leading to misinformed action.
We also understand that many issues relating to gender equality can become confined to private spaces, allowing them to fester within the community instead of being addressed. We see how ideas of ‘looking bad’ and “log kya kahenge” can be restrictive in opening up an honest dialogue.
'We wish to be an open space for our communities to address concerns using our own voice and language.'
WHAT WE DO
BREAKING THE SILENCE
We work to understand challenges to gender equality in our community, encouraging individuals to talk about their experiences more openly, building trust.
CULTIVATING A NEW CULTURE
We raise awareness, educate and work to shift the underlying socio-cultural norms that allow gender inequality and violence to persist in our communities.
CO- CREATING SPACES FOR SUPPORT
We bring together services that might support womxn from our communities in their times of need.