Gurleen Kaur is a 2017 Sidak Alum. She first became heavily engaged in conversations on gender disparities during her time at UC Berkeley where she and her college friends became co-founders of an initiative called Kaur Voices -- an event dedicated to giving space to the voices of Punjabi women through art, poetry, and performance.
Gurleen has been a community educator on topics such as healthy masculinities and relations for organizations including the Jakara Movement, the Sikh Family Center, SAANJH, the Sikh Coalition and more. She recently graduated with her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus on gender violence prevention. Gurleen is currently an Education and Prevention Specialist with the Violence, Prevention, and Response team at MIT.
October 2017 saw #MeToo grow into an international movement, after going viral on social media as a hashtag used to break the silence that empowers perpetrators and to illustrate the prevalence of sexual assault, harassment, and gender-based violence.