As part of the IFIs Meet the team series, we feature former and current employees who have worked with us or are currently working with us since FII’s inception. Feminism in India as a digital intersectional feminist media platform would not exist without these amazing people who helped build this organization into what it is today.
Today we are talking with Shriya Roy, which is FII’s multimedia editor. She is a student of literature and a multimedia journalist with a passion for sport and wants to look into the aspect of human rights in sport. She loves watching war movies and documentaries and loves listening to Ali Sethi and old Bollywood music. She drinks n cups of black coffee a day and loves cats. Deep down, she believes her animal soul is a cat.
FII: What do you enjoy most about being part of the FII family?
Sriya: The best thing about being part of the FII family is that I work and interact with such amazing women on a daily basis. My colleagues here are the best and so understanding. I can say that I have made friendships that will last a lifetime.
FII: What advice would you give to someone joining the organization?
Sriya: FII is one of the best places to work as a young professional and you will have a lot of freedom to be yourself and express yourself and the best thing is that you will be heard and not fired.
FII: How would your colleagues describe you?
Sriya: Ummm I’m thinking “the one who can never be intimidating” and the one “who doesn’t like Gen Z”.
FII: Which fictional character do you identify with and why?
Sriya: I think I’m like Lexie Gray from Grey’s Anatomy…because I feel like I know things but often I’m not confident enough to present them the same way.
FII: What are you tired of hearing?
Sriya: One thing I’m really sick of hearing is ‘Stop being so overactive, Shriya’. Umm, I don’t think I can do that.
FII: Which feminist movement are you particularly passionate about and why?
Sriya: It is extremely difficult to choose a feminist movement because each of them in their place has played a huge role in the larger movement, but if I had to choose I would be women’s movements in conflict zones around the world . Women are doubly marginalized in times of war and conflict and the movement they have built to stand up against injustice, violence is something I have immensely.
FII: What makes FII a “feminist” organization?
Sriya: The fact that FII provides a platform to express you and your views, policies and ideas without fear of being judged and rejected makes FII a “feminist organization” and unlike any other media organization.
FII: What is the most fun thing about your job?
Sriya: The most fun thing about my job is working with a great group of women who are so warm and loving and understanding and working with them to create great content without any fear and freedom.
FII: Do you remember when and why you decided to work in a feminist organization?
Sriya: Having worked in mainstream media in India, across print, broadcast and digital platforms, the one realization that struck me in all of these places is that mainstream media in India is a toxic and patriarchal space. As a female journalist, things are extremely volatile. Moreover, the mainstream media has slowly turned into mouthpieces for the propaganda of the current regime. This is why I decided to work in a feminist organization, because it is the opposite of all that and tries to report and tell the truth.
FII: And finally, if you had a talk show, which feminist icon would you call and what would you ask them?
Sriya: On my talk show, I’d like to invite Sylvia Plath and just sit down and talk to her about her writing, her deep understanding of mental health and the feminist movement.
FII thanks Shriya for her timely and valuable contribution to the organization. We are extremely grateful to have him on our team and appreciate his deeply insightful work. It can be followed instagram and Twitter.