Laila Jafri

Laila (she/her) is a campaign manager and writer based in Toronto. Honoured to be working with a team of brilliant youth activists, she hopes The Matchstick will emerge as a generative space for young artists and human rights defenders eager to express their stance. Her work looks at environmental justice as it relates to food security, migrant rights, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge. She recommends the work of Chilean poet Raúl Zurita who, in response to Chile’s violent 1973 coup d’état, founded the performance art group, ‘Colectivo Acciones de Artel’, organizing several public-art actions against the military dictatorship.