Thank you for your continued support of Jahajee Sisters, and for being a valued member of our growing community! We have been receiving all of your emails with words of encouragement and are excited to tell you about new programming for the year ahead.
As you may know, we are having our very first Sister Circle gathering on Friday, December 4th, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The location will be disclosed to sisters when they RSVP. Please RSVP by this Friday (11/27). This is a women-only event.
What are Sister Circles? Sister Circles are gatherings, hosted by members of Jahajee Sisters, where women will have the opportunity to bond, share our stories, engage in dialogue about issues that are relevant and important to us, and explore ways to create positive change. With great food, amazing women and dynamic conversation, we hope to build lasting relationships and strengthen our community. Sister Circles will be held on a regular basis. We aspire to have one Sister Circle gathering per month and need you to make this a reality by attending, hosting gatherings and supporting with outreach.
To kick off this program, the first Sister Circle will be an evening of artistic expression, catching up with old friends and getting to know new ones. This is also an opportunity to learn more about Jahajee Sisters and our work, as well as to get involved.
We hope you will join us for our very first Sister Circle, an exciting evening of dining and bonding! If you would like to host our next Sister Circle, please email us to express your interest. Below are additional updates about Jahajee Sisters and our community.
Jahajee Sisters Advisory Committee
Justice for Guiatree Hardat!
We are pleased to inform you that former transit cop Harry Rupnarine was sentenced to 25 years to life in September for the murder of his fiancée, Guiatree Hardat. Guiatree was murdered on May 10, 2007 in Woodhaven, Queens. She was just 22 years old. At the launch of our poetry chapbook, Bolo Bahen! Speak Sister!, Guiatree’s mother offered emotional words that moved some of us to tears as we took a moment to remember our sister, taken by gender-based violence. Our thoughts have been with all involved in this situation.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and seeking help, Sakhi for South Asian Women has monthly support groups in Richmond Hill, NY. You may contact them if you are interested in attending. If you need immediate assistance, please see the information here.
Jahajee at City Hall
Indra Seet and members of the Jahajee Sisters Advisory Committee performed at the annual Deepavali Festival of Lights at City Hall. The sisters performed A Journey in Seven Voices, a poem featured in Bolo Bahen! Speak Sister! We would like to thank Hazra Ali for giving us the opportunity to perform at the event and to represent our community.
Young Women’s Summer Leadership Institute
This summer, we will be hosting our first program developed exclusively for young women, ages 14-19. The program will be one week long and will focus on social justice issues—especially those affecting young Indo-Caribbean women—and leadership development. It will be held in Queens, NY. More details about the Young Women’s Summer Institute will be in the next Jahajee Sisters Update! Please stay tuned or contact us if you’d like to get involved.