"It’s a comic book that begins with a love letter...A moving message that six young South Asian women in Toronto have written to their audience, their families and communities to explain why they have shared difficult stories of honour-based violence and resilience with the world.”
Noor Javed, The Toronto Star
"When a community's response to serial rape allegations is to publish a list of ways women can avoid being raped, there is gonna be outrage, because, duh. This infographic is cleverly disguised as sarcasm, but make no mistake: It stems from outrage about the systemic problem of blaming women for crimes perpetrated against them."
“When violence happens in our families, we need a different response…not stigma, shame or guilt, but support, understanding and a commitment to change things."
"We know that many of us, if not all of us, are survivors of violence, be it physical assault, colonization, racism, sexism, partition, or forced marriage. We believe that our communities can be sites of healing."
"Healing justice uses tools that have been around for generations in our communities to heal bodies, hearts, and minds without leaving a part ourselves or our communities behind."
"Heartbeats is a wonderful collection—for individuals familiar with South Asian communities or those hoping to learn more about some of the cultural expectations women from those communities may face. The stories allow women to share their experiences and how they address challenging family situations on their own terms and illustrate how women have their own inherent izzat and beauty deserving of community’s support, nurture, and compassion."