ZINE 

Edition 5: Resilience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The year 2020 will be remembered as a tipping point for many, one of the most taxing years in world history – a global pandemic took the entire world by surprise, forcing us to look at the way in which we have been living our lives. World leaders have gaslit us only to gain more power and further oppress the marginalised. The Black Lives Matters movement gained popular recognition and momentum and changed the conversation around racism forever. Many of us have come to terms with what white supremacy actually looks like and confront our own role in upholding it. 

It is within this context that we at the Rights Collective, together with guest editors South Asian Sisters Speak (SASS), wanted to showcase how our community views and embodies ‘Resilience’. As something brown womxn are all too familiar with, we wanted to share some of the perspectives that are often otherwise hidden in private conversations between friends.

While reading this issue, feel free to listen to this playlist curated by each of the featured writers in the Zine.
 

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Edition 4: Histories, Ancestry & Freedom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the 4th edition of our Zine, we explore South Asian histories. We invited authors to reflect upon our shared and individual histories and draw upon what our ancestry means to and for us today. During the month that marks the independence of India and Pakistan from British rule, we want to explore what freedom means to us today as a diaspora who still lives between identities, between cultures and, sometimes, between nations.

 

We're excited to share one of our longest zines which covers topics ranging from the impact of partition on women to the current British-Indian relationship and the present day effects of colonialism. 

 

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Edition 3: The C Word

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rights Collective are proud to present the 3rd edition of our Zine. The focus of this zine is COVID-19, specifically the effect it has on the South Asian diaspora. We have been surrounded by news reports on the increased incidence of the virus within the BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) community as well as the significant impact it is having on NHS staff, many of which we know are from the South Asian community.

We wanted to create a platform for members of our community to share their experiences during these difficult times but also to use this opportunity to look to the future and imagine life after COVID-19. We have had an amazing response and feel so privileged to be able to present this art work, poetry, articles and interviews. We hope you enjoy reading the Zine! As a special gift from us to you, we have also curated an accompanying playlist over on our Spotify channel which you can enjoy while reading.

 

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Edition 2: we are colourfull

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we started The Rights Collective, we knew we wanted to hold spaces where marginalised voices from the South Asian Diaspora were amplified into the places they needed to be heard the most. We quickly realised that this would mean grappling with the biases, stereotypes and discrimination we saw within our own communities and families first and foremost. This is one of the reasons we started the Zine, hoping to spark important conversations and ask the difficult questions within our own homes.

The 2nd edition comes together in collaboration with colourfull and Dee Jas as guest editor. We explore being queer in the South Asian Diaspora community. Having grown up in a world where calling something ‘gay’ was an insult and where that guy in Bend It Like Beckham was the closest we got to knowing a non-heterosexual South Asian person, we are proud of the progress we have started to make and hopeful for the world we live in but we know there is a lot more to be done. We hope the stories in this edition of the Zine sheds some light on these experiences and how we might do better as a community, as friends and as allies.

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Edition 1: Break The Silence 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we launched The Rights Collective publicly in 2019, we invited womxn and non-binary individuals of colour to contribute their stories for our #BreakTheSilence campaign. We asked them to share their experiences of empowerment, equality, acceptance, and support within their communities, as well as experiences of feeling disempowered, being treated unequally or being on the receiving end of violence from their communities.

 

Community can mean many things to different people so we invited people to define this for themselves with a focus on South Asian Diaspora. We work with people of colour from the Hindu Diaspora community in the UK but welcomed submissions from all South Asian women and non-binary folx. Stories could any form in any medium - poetry, photographs, paintings, video and more. We ran this campaign through Women’s History month and are working to compile all the stories into a zine.

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