Raisa (Raushan) is a complex, multi-layered daughter, friend and sister. She lives in Toronto and completed a Joint BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies at York University in 2012. She has a passion for writing and cares deeply about matters of anti-racism and justice in feminism and social housing.
In 2008, she was awarded the student portion of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Since then, she has written for the blogs and online magazines of not-for-profit organizations like TakingItGlobal, Panorama and Shameless Magazine. She has also written for York university campus publications like Excalibur, Macmedia, DisOrientation and YU Free Press and organized the launch of the first issue of York campus’ first feminist arts and culture magazine, Incendies which still runs issues today. As well, she created the first issue of an international diplomacy-focused publication called The UnMod.
Currently, She is working on her masters degree in human geography and is editor-in-chief of a soon-to-be launched online magazine for women and girls of the south asian diaspora in Toronto called Masala Militia.
After getting fed up with the lack of representation in local Toronto media, arts and online spaces, Masala Militia was created to fill that missing space. It is for anyone of south asian affiliation (west indian, afro-caribbean, indo-east-african/kenyan/tanzanian & indo-caribbean inclusive) or anyone interested in south asian/desi/brown girl-related issues.
It is believed that there is NO essential “south-asian-ness”/any one identifier of south-asian-ness. Instead the hope is to celebrate and be in tensions with the rich, intricate, complex, challenging, beautiful, wonderful histories that come with our identities.
From film reviews, fashion, essays, opinion pieces, comics, drawings, features, reports, fashion, lifestyle, career, love and horoscopes, Masala Militia seeks to provide a fun, informative and thought-provoking online forum for brown girls and women of the diaspora in Toronto, so we can create our own media and be our own role models.
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