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Joena Shivani (Sandhiya) / ஜோயனா சிவானி (சந்தியா)


Activist / ஆர்வலர்

Joena Shivani (a.k.a. Sandhiya) is a Thamizhachi who actively works to represent and uplift her community. Drawing from her own struggles as a young transwoman, Sandhiya is now a transgender activist with several organisations that seek to provide shelter, aid, and care for transexual persons. Sandhiya currently runs Agni Jothi, a group that believes educating society is key to the wider acceptance of trans individuals. She was a research consultant on a project by NUS-CARE centering transgender individuals in health care. She was also consultant and performer in Avant Theatre’s Akka: The End (2014), and Akka 3 (2015). These are, to date, Singapore’s only Tamil plays centering the transexual subject and experience. Sandhiya also acted in ‘Thoppul Kodi’, a short film by Yogitha Sachu raising awareness about transwomen.

T:>Works Team

Artistic Director: Ong Keng Sen
Executive Director: Traslin Ong
Administration: Ong Soo Mei

Communications & Engagement: Chong Si-Min

Interns: Chimene Khoo, Danielle Koh,

Gaiatri Sasithara, Irish Alcantara,

Jeffrey Kang, Sai Lalitha Aiyer &

Toh Cheng Yee

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