IWD, Precarious Work Community Event, and SAWRO Newsletter!

We had a great event yesterday in the community with other women celebrating International Women’s Day and addressing some of the key issues of precarious work faced by our community. Community women presented videos, skits, and popular songs. Community academics and activists sat an a panel to share their work and experience, which was followed by a discussion among community members. The discussion highlighted the need to connect with other community stakeholders and build solidarity with other communities to advance the rights of all!

This event was also the launch of a Bengali newsletter series that the community women are organizing, called Protichhobi. This is a series that will feature community women’s stories, poems, and updates on key policy changes. Currently, the newsletter will be published in Bengali, and the English translation will be made available soon. Click the link to read this volume!

Immigrant Women and the Challenge of Precarious Work

Dear Community Members,

After an intensive needs assessment process and community forums, SAWRO women leaders and young women activists have put together the demands of our community into a set of policy recommendations that will improve the overall work experience of immigrant women from our community.

We will be presenting these demands and recommendations at York University Department of Work and Labour Studies on Thursday September 27th from 3:00-5:00pm (Ross South 802). This is a step towards reaching out to support marginalized workers in precarious work across Ontario. We would like to invite community members who are interested to come with us and participate in this discussion, feel free to contact us as soon as possible.

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SAWRO’s Annual General Meeting

Dear Community Members and Partners,

South Asian Women’s Rights Organization will be conducting their Annual General Meeting on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Oakridge Community Center from 4 PM to 6 PM. We will be celebrating the accomplishments and efforts our community’s women and girls have made in the past year to enable the Bangladeshi-newcomer population achieve equitable access to employment.

The meeting is restricted to registered members only and will consist of a business portion to elect officers and board members and a reporting portion to discuss the organization’s project outputs and objective.

To be an eligible voter, you must have been involved with SAWRO for more than 6 months. To check your eligibility as a voter and if you are interested in voting, please contact us and speak to our Advisory Board.

Those interested in being a candidate for a Board Member position must send their qualifications via email for approval. For more nomination information, please contact us.

Hope to see you there!


Nominating Committee

South Asian Women’s Rights Organization


416 686 0701,  647 857 9153

10 Teesdale Place, Apt 108, Scarborough, ON

M1L 1K9


You are invited to SAWRO’s annual Summer Festival Mela! This year we will be presenting to you a mosaic of multicultural performances bought to you by your very own community singers, dancers and artists! There will be fun-filled food, clothing and game stalls so bring your friends and family and come witness this spectacular event on Sunday, July 29th at the Oakridge Community Center Parking Lot from 10 AM to 9 PM. We hope to see you all there! For interest and inquiries regarding performances, stalls and sponsorship please contact:

  • Sultana Jahangir: 647-857-9153
  • Shapla Syeda Yesmin: 647-472-4260
  • Rezwana Ava: 647-295-1172
  • Farhana Khan: 416-893-0028