Laila Jafri


Based in Tkaronto/Toronto, Laila (she/her) lives and works as an uninvited guest on this traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Huron Wendat, and Mississaugas of the new Credit River.

Honoured to be leading a team of brilliant activists, she hopes The Matchstick will emerge as a generative space for young artists and human rights defenders eager to express their stance. Laila is a writer, editor and campaign manager; her work centers environmental justice as it relates to food security, migrant rights, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge. She is a National Organizer at Amnesty Canada and volunteers as a Climate Action Facilitator and Researcher with Carbon Conversations TO. 

Laila 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 in defiance of the military dictatorship.