An Interview with Poet and Illustrator — Jasmin Kaur


scream so that one day a hundred years from now another sister will not have to dry her tears wondering where in history she lost her voice.

— jasmin kaur

This poem, it was actually inspired by a specific reflection I was having, just in the way that so much of my own history as a Sikh was being captured by men. I haven’t been able to read a lot of primary historical documents written from the perspective of women, and when I wrote this poem, it was about that absence of the voices of Sikh women, and me just wondering what the world would have been like if history was told from the perspective of my women. Thinking about myself in the present, knowing that the work that I do, it could be changing the world for some woman that lives a century away from me without even me realising. I feel like no other girls have wondered what the past of women was like the way that I had to wonder that.

It’s a very visceral kind of violence that we internalize in all these different ways, whether it’s from expectations around lightness in our skin or not looking like ourselves in favor of a body that’s more normalised by Eurocentric feminine beauty standards. Or the fact that in a very serious way the bodies of women have been battlegrounds as far being assaulted, facing physical brutality and violence through systems of oppression that use us, as women, as pawns for their own larger political gain. To call this event, “Decolonize Your Body,” is to take back our bodies, take back our minds, take back our hearts from these systems that have been never there for us.

This idea of creating awareness for women and how we are colonized, how our bodies are colonized, how our thoughts are colonized and our minds — what you’re doing is planting a seed and shining a light, which is absolutely incredible and necessary. Thank you for your work, for sharing your time and talking with us.


Women's March Global

Women's March Global is dedicated to sharing the stories and voices from our global network of chapters and members around the world.

Women’s March Global

Written by

Women's March Global

Women's March Global is dedicated to sharing the stories and voices from our global network of chapters and members around the world.