The 2023 “Women of Sikhi” calendar was created by the UK-based organization “Mahala9” in collaboration with the nonprofit organization “Realise One.” It depicts 12 such Sikh women whose tales of bravery, tenacity, and commitment have long been overlooked.
The founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, declared: “Man is born from woman; man is conceived inside woman; man is engaged to woman; and he is wedded to woman. He makes a woman his companion, and through her, new generations are born. He searches for another lady when his wife passes away since he has sworn to her. What makes her awful, then? Kings are sprung from her. Woman gives birth to woman; without woman, there would be no one.
Women were highly valued by Nanak and his nine successors, who also condemned traditions like the sati and purdah (veil), which were often used to subjugate women. Sikhism does not see menstruation women as untouchables and permits them to sit in gurdwaras. Widows may also be married again in Sikhism.
The contemporary world is still mostly ignorant of certain lesser-known women’s contributions to the global Sikhism preaching effort, nevertheless.
The stories of the women who were the driving force behind the ten Sikh Gurus are virtually ever discussed, despite the fact that the world is aware of the strength, bravery, and knowledge of these individuals.
A move in this approach has been made by the UK-based organization “Mahala9.” In collaboration with the nonprofit organization “Realise One,” it develops works of art to connect with heritage.
Together, they have published a calendar for 2023 called “Women of Sikhi,” which highlights 12 such Sikh women whose tales of bravery, tenacity, and commitment have, for the most part, gone untold for a very long time. These ladies were significant figures in the lives of 10 Sikh Gurus and shown heroic bravery under pressure.
The goal of the calendar “Women of Sikhi,” according to Gurpreet Singh Sidhu, a trustee of “Realise One” and a prominent member of the Sikh community in Walsall, was to raise awareness of the equal role that women played in the rich history of the Sikh people. Women’s names are not as prominently and regularly mentioned as men’s whenever we speak about it. Why is it the case? History cannot be biased against women since Sri Guru Granth Sahib holds women in the greatest respect and refers to them as ultimate. We made an effort to include profiles of these ladies, who the world must be aware of. Every single piece of art utilized was specifically created for the calendar.
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