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Exploring Patriarchy in Sikhism: A Roundtable of Womxn Scholars


Exploring Patriarchy in Sikhism: A Roundtable of Womxn Scholars


On January 9, 2020, the Poetic Justice Foundation proudly facilitated a contextually relevant and timely dialogue, bringing together an esteemed panel of South Asian scholars. This gathering was a part of our ongoing commitment to challenge structures of oppression and discrimination, including the nuanced dynamics within communities. Through the lens of anti-racism, anti-oppression, and anti-casteism, our panelists delved into their personal journeys, shedding light on the pervasive influences of patriarchy within Sikhi and its broader community, the panth.

The roundtable discussion served as a crucial platform for examining and understanding how entrenched patriarchal systems can be reimagined and reshaped by the power, wisdom, and experiences of Sikh women.

Our goal is to educate, organize, and mobilize individuals to advocate for justice and equality, and this discussion was a significant step towards understanding the intersections of gender, religion, and identity. It highlighted the importance of listening to and elevating voices that have historically been marginalized, thus contributing to our collective effort to build a more equitable society.


Asha Marie Kaur Sawhney, Research Assistant at Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI)

Dr. Kamal Arora

Manvinder Kaur Gill, Research Associate, Regitered Social Worker (MSW, RSW)