Equality labs is a South Asian American human rights start-up working at the intersection of story, art, and security. We support movements dealing with intractable systems of oppression through a collaborative model that connects multiple disciplines and platforms to maximize potential for change and engender workable, community driven solutions to the most pressing challenges we face. We are also the first South women, gender non-conforming, and trans technology collective whose leadership is from South Asian cultural and religious minority communities. This includes Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims, Buddhists, and Christians.
Equality Lab’s vision is to center the leadership of South Asian minority groups in the ongoing redefinition of South Asian identity in the United States, across the Diaspora, and in our home countries, from India to Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, and Pakistan. Our membership includes Dalits (formerly known as the “Untouchable” caste in India), Adivasi (indigenous), Muslim, Buddhist, and Christian South Asian women who live on the margins of mainstream South Asian culture. While we are homogenized through the process of racialization into the category “South Asian” (and therefore share many of the daily challenges of racism), the reality is that this label renders invisible the violence (including sexual) Dalit, Muslim, Christian, and Adivasi immigrants have faced in our home countries because of Hindu fundamentalism.
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