Jaslin Kaur is a self-motivated, committed student activist who advocates for women's rights with a focus on preventing violence against women. She champions women's empowerment and leadership, and is currently developing a campaign called South Asian Women Against Domestic Abuse (SAWADA) and has worked with AF3IRM NYC on the Purple Rose Campaign to end sex trafficking. She continues to demonstrate her preparedness and willingness to collaborate with local organizations. As a Youth Mentor with The Fairy Godsister and a founder of the women's leadership conference, "Women in Charge: A Forum on Women's Leadership," Jaslin is bonded to her duty to empower youth as agents of social change. Providing them accessible resources is her paramount concern. Jaslin serves as President of the Women's Student Association (WSA) and Speech & Debate Team. She forcefully uses these platforms to unite the student body in constructive dialogue on such topics as gender identity and campus sexual assault. Under her leadership, the WSA has donated feminine hygiene products to the Nassau County Coalition against Domestic Violence. Jaslin's creative approach to social justice work has brought her to the United Nations International Young Leaders Assembly, where she bridges the gap between grassroots organizing and global awareness.
As a young woman of color, I feel compelled to take on the immense responsibility of igniting community action. Working with local nonprofits, classmates, and colleagues has been nothing short of a humbling experience that reminds me of the intersectionality of activist work. My gender justice work continuously challenges me to be more mindful of privilege and different lived experiences, including socioeconomic statuses, cultural upbringings, and aspects of self-identification. My worldview has certainly expanded and continues to expand as I make the effort to learn more about ethical, mindful social justice and global advocacy. As it stands, I no longer believe in giving voice to the voiceless. Rather, I must commit to passing the mic along so that marginalized groups can utilize their inherently powerful voices. The root of civic engagement, then, is to provide resources to underserved communities for sustainable, long-term development. Selfless service, as well, molds how communities collaborate and stand in solidarity with one another. I vow to continue building sisterhood across all walks of life to achieve a more inclusive and just society.