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Smashing the Stigma: Sex and Sexual Health

March 25 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm CDT

SASS brings you a conversation around how South Asian communities are challenging and reframing attitudes towards sex

About this Event

South Asian Sisters Speak (SASS) is excited to bring you the latest event in our ‘Smashing the Stigma’ series – exploring the topics of sex and sexual health in the South Asian community. As South Asians, many of us have complicated relationships with our bodies, particularly when our relationships with them have been conditioned by our families and culture. We’ve been taught that sex, and being sexual, is vulgar and something to only be done once married. This can be confusing, and it’s difficult to navigate this when contrasted with more liberal attitudes towards sex and being sexual.

The aim of this panel event is to open up conversations around sex and sexual health, to smash the stigma around discussing these issues, and create a safe space for our community to learn from shared experiences.

Confirmed panellists:

– Neelam Heera (she/her): founder of Cysters, a charity dedicated to centering marginalised patient voices in healthcare

Neelam Heera, a TedX Speaker, founded Cysters after facing her own battles around diagnosis and care and wanting to address the health inequalities faced by those from communities of colour and the LGBT community. Most recently the organisation have changed their name to become inclusive of trans communities as well by removing the word woman. Neelam’s work has been recognised by the Pride of Britain and Point of Light awards from the Prime Minister.

– Tahmina Begum (she/her): writer, editor, creative consultant and creator of @thearamnewsletter

Tahmina Begum is a writer and editor who has also contributed to books such as Mixed Feelings, Comfort Zones and Words By. She regularly explores topics such as wellness, beauty, style, race, women’s health, identity, tech, politics and more. When she’s not working with words, you can find her consulting on brands or speaking across panels. She’s also the creator of The Aram, a bi-monthly newsletter that focuses on our relationship with ease and joy while centring Muslim women and women of colour.

– Prishita Maheshwari-Aplin (they/she): writer and an LGBTQIA+ community organiser

Prishita Maheshwari-Aplin is the Politics Editor at BRICKS, exploring societal structures, and discusses global LGBTIQA+ equality, race, science and culture through their writing. They are also an LGBTIQA+ community organiser with the direct action group, Voices4 London, and on the Advisory Board for the social enterprise and sex-ed provider, Split Banana, who co-facilitate workshops and help redesign relationship and sex-ed by bringing in the perspectives and experiences of groups traditionally excluded from the curriculum. They graduated from Cambridge University in 2018 with a degree in Biological Anthropology.

Prishita was named as one of The Independent’s ‘female groundbreakers of 2017’, alongside Charlie Craggs, Rose McGowan and Malala Yousafzai. She also features in ‘Soul of a Movement’, a new documentary by British creative directors Carson McColl and Gareth Pugh that documents some of the British LGBTIQ+ activists, artists and allies carrying the revolutionary fire of the Stonewall Uprising today.

Tickets are FREE but you will need to register for one to attend. The session will be held on Zoom, and the link will be sent to registered attendees closer to the time. There will be no need for attendees to have cameras on.

See you there!

The SASS team x

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