30 Under 30: Suki Sangha

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Suki Sangha holding a 'refugees welcome here' sign at a rally.

As an organisation, The Young Women’s Movement doesn’t support any particular political party. What we do support, though, are badass young women who are willing to speak up for the things that they believe in (and we support them in a big, big way)!

Suki Sangha standing next to a Unite the Union sign, holding a poster reading 'Strong unions need strong women'29 year old Glaswegian Suki Sangha definitely qualifies as one of those women.

A quick Google search of her name pulls up articles, talks, speeches, and quotations on a wide range of seriously important issues. Suki has her opinions, and she is not afraid to share them with you or anyone else.

Let’s be honest here: it takes some serious guts to stand up in front of a room full of people and talk about gender, race, young people, homelessness, or employment rights. Standing up in a room full of people and talking about puppies and ice cream can be terrifying, tbh, so we bow to you, Suki.

And while it’s hardly uncommon to come across someone who isn’t totally happy with the state of political parties in the UK right now, how many of them decided to help set up an entirely new party? If we had to guess, we’d guess not many.

If there’s one thing to say about Suki, it’s that this woman is driven. She’s a founding member of RISE: Scotland’s Left Alliance, a new political party in Scotland. She ran as a candidate in the recent Holyrood elections. She is on Unite’s Scottish Executive Committee and sat on the STUC General Council in 2014-15. She is also the Vice Chair of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Committee.

Suki Sangha and others at a feminist rallyAnd, because those are all definitely things that you would do in your spare time, she’s also a youth worker for a homelessness charity in Glasgow. No big deal.

If you’re picking up a pattern here, you’re not wrong: everything that Suki does is part of her tireless dedication to making life better for others.

She’s written articles about the importance of engaging women at every level of politics; she’s been a huge supporter and organiser in the campaign to end zero hours contracts; she’s represented young workers on the STUC Youth Committee; and she has worked for equality on behalf of black, Asian, and ethnic minority workers across Scotland.

We’re not entirely sure how she manages to find time to do anything else (like eat, or sleep) with a schedule like that, but Suki is also an incredibly talented artist, posting pictures of works in progress on her Twitter account. Colour us impressed (ha! did you see what we did there?) – and it doesn’t hurt that we noticed several of them were about gender equality (yaass!)

Suki Sangha: making sure sure that gender, race, and human rights are at the top of the list like a total boss – we love it!

Illustrations by Suki Sangha

Illustrations by Suki Sangha

You can keep up with Suki by following her on Twitter (@sukisangh)!

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