Jaspreet Kaur, better known as Behind the Netra for her poetry is a spoken word artist from East London focused on sharing her thoughts on gender issues, historical topics, positive social change and taboo subjects both in the Asian community and wider society. By day, she is a secondary school History teacher, with an academic background in both History and Gender Studies. Her work aims to tackle issues related to gender discrimination, mental health stigma, decolonisation and more. As well as performing poetry, Behind the Netra also provides workshops and motivational talks for all ages.
Some of her most proudest achievements thus far include her TED talk, “How Poetry Saved My Life” with TEDxLondon and the honour of performing for Her Majesty the Queen at the annual Commonwealth Service in Westminister Abbey. The performance was broadcast live to 2.4 billion viewers around the world. Jaspreet has also performed at the NHS annual conference, TEDxUCLWomen, Women of the World Global, Oxford University, Trafalgar Square and the House of Lords. Her creativity has also led Behind the Netra to opportunities such as featuring in a short film with Idris Elba, appearing on a BBC Three short and working with the UN on the HeforShe Campaign. She is also a senior judge for the Queen’s Essay competition 2018 and 2019.
It's been an incredible year for Behind the Netra, winning the Asian Women of Achievement Award by Women of the Future in the Arts and Culture category, winning the ‘We Are The City’ Rising Star Award for her work in Education and Academia, being shortlisted for the National Diversity Award for being a Positive Role Model and finally being voted one of the Top 10 Inspirational Sikh Women in the UK. Jaspreet has also become an ambassador for Binti International, a charity on a mission to tackle menstruation stigma and period poverty around the world.
The journey continues into 2019, with more performances, writing, teaching and saving the world!