Writer, student, owner of Brown Girl Guilt, founder of Poised
Hey, I’m Sumaiya. I am a panel member at The Opinion Panel and a contributor for Women’s Republic, a digital network to amplify womxn’s voices globally. I am also the founder of Poised, an online platform for, by and about womxn and the LGBT+ community; the goal of Poised is to celebrate, empower, include and give a voice to those that are unheard, and to start a conversation on the topics that matter. I hope to bring marginalised topics to light via my work, both personally and through Poised. I also own Brown Girl Guilt, where I review books and food, and discuss issues surrounding South Asian womxn and cultural toxicity, the impact it has on mental health and individual outlook and behaviours.
Currently, I study English Literature with Creative Writing in London, where I was born and raised. After my undergrad, I will either pursue a Masters degree in Post-Colonialism, or the GDL, followed by the LPC and hope to go into Family Law. My main interests lie in advocacy for mental health, issues surrounding womxn and opening up the barriers on ‘taboo’ topics within the South Asian community. Through my writing, I aim to break down the boundaries of cultural stigma and shame attached to mental health, sexuality and choosing one’s own path in life, by going against cultural norms and traditions, as a way to help other people, particularly womxn, gain their freedom and ability to choose themselves over culture and family reputations.
I am always looking to be commissioned for articles and reviews.