Jaspreet Kaur | Award-winning Poet, Writer and Educator

Jaspreet Kaur, also known by her online handle ‘Behind the Netra’ is an award-winning spoken word artist, history teacher and writer from London.

She has spent the last decade using activism, writing and teaching to tackle gender issues, taboo subjects and encouraging positive social change in both the Asian community and wider society. Her work tackles issues related to gender discrimination, mental health stigma, the postcolonial immigrant experience, and more.

Jaspreet is the author of #1 Amazon bestseller, Brown Girl Like Me.  One of the first books to speak directly to the experiences of South Asian women in Britain since 1978, delving into some of the most complex conversations brown women are tackling today. This book is essential reading for anyone wanting to build a fuller picture of women’s lives in Britain today across a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

Jaspreet is a regular on the BBC, Sunday Morning Live, Radio 4 and worked with the UN on the HeforShe campaign. She is currently a Research Fellow at Birkbeck University’s Centre for British Political Life. Her next book, The Spaces in Between, a children’s mindfulness poetry book, is set to release in Spring 2023.

What one action would you like to see organisations, or the government take to drive gender equity?

The key to true gender equity is education. We know that not only does education provide women and girls access to more opportunities, but it can also provide our male counterparts with the knowledge on how they, too, can, and should, fight for a more just and equal world for all genders. But that won’t happen if our schools and teachers are underpaid and underappreciated. We need to see our government and society as a whole to invest in the future of tomorrow.