“Romita has been one of the steadiest persons by my side… She has been involved in so many projects and has been a relentless social justice advocate. Her best qualities are her tirelessness and her empathy.” – Florence Paré, Nominator
Romita is 24 y.o. South Asian law student who currently lives in Montreal. She is an engaged and caring activist who runs the Women of Colour Collective (Law Needs Feminism) at McGill University. Before attending law school, Romita had a background in social work. She saw that the classes she was in were seriously lacking in equal representation and so she created the Women of Colour Collective.
Romita was nominated by Florence Paré, a 24 year old trans woman from Montreal who studies law with a focus on trans health policy. Florence enjoys TV shows, singing, playing guitar, alcoholic drinks, and destroying the white capitalist cisheteropatriarchy. She nominated Romita because….
“I met her (Romita) shortly after I began transitioning and have since worked on many projects with her. We have worked together on Contours – Voices of Women in Law and have organised a panel on the Lived Experiences of Trans Women of Colour and the Law. She has been involved in so many projects and has been a relentless social justice advocate. Without her, life at McGill law would just not be the same. Her best qualities are her tirelessness and her empathy.”
“I am a friend, I am a daughter. I am empathetic. I am a survivor. I’m pretty cool. I am feeling. Some days are good, others are not. But I am pulling through. I am resilient. I am interesting. I am weird and funny. I am me.”-Romita
Aquil Virani on why he chose to CelebrateHer: Romita is a badass woman of colour. She’s almost done with her trans-systemic law degree – in both civil and common law – at McGill University. When I visited Romita’s apartment, I was reminded of my hospitable Indian “aunties” who would offer me everything they had without hesitation. She co-founded the Women of Colour Collective that built a community around racialized women in her faculty. She’s especially proud of her work with the Contours journal that promotes the voices of women in law. A banner artwork that the WOCC commissioned features the words, “Survival, Resilience, Solidarity,” so I got in touch with the talented Oakville-based illustrator Izabela (Izzy) Stanic to see if I could remix her artwork into the painting. Izzy was delighted. (Check out izzystanic.com.)