I believe in freedom, equal rights, education, empowerment and the global sisterhood of solidarity that spans across the oceans. This is why it has been my deep privilege to support the work of the Dalit Freedom Network for the last number of years. I had the privilege of speaking at their inaugural gala five years ago, alongside Dr. Beryl D’Souza, worked as an intern in their office in 2011 and have support their work through various projects over the years.
The work of The Dalit Freedom Network is centred upon education for Dalit children throughout rural India and economic empowerment of Dalit women across the country. While all Dalit people are dramatically racially oppressed due to their lowest place in the caste system, it is the women and children who suffer the most. This year, at the Hope for Dalit Women Gala, the focus was on providing quality healthcare to those who cannot afford it and sharing empowering stories of triumph and hope by Dalit Women who have lived with the courage and support to rise above. At the end of the night, $31,000 was raised for medical care for those who cannot afford it. It makes my heart soar to think of the lives that will be impact by this evenings generosity. A sisterhood, indeed!
Miss Teen BC 2014, Brette Joyal & Miss BC 2010, me!
With Dr.Beryl D’Souza.
With Natalie Hilder and Ansu Shaji. Baby is a #bigdeal.
34 weeks and loving it! Can’t wait to meet this little boy and raise him to be a compassionate world changer!