Ila is the Sanskrit name for the Goddess of Speech. It’s also the name of a social enterprise founded by Net Supatravanij and Julie Sané-Pezet. Together, they provide survivors of sexual violence with skills training. The goal is to achieve financial independence and freedom from violence.
Ila connects survivors of sexual violence, corporations, and activists. As part of that, Julie hosts Ila’s podcast, Make Some Noise, in which she interviews people who are raising their voices about gender inequality. I had the pleasure of being a guest on the fourth episode, and I sat down with Julie to talk about my activism, my experience as a fighter and a survivor, and my thoughts on gender stereotypes.
“For this fourth episode, I’m bringing you to Bangkok to meet Emma. Emma is a gender activist and a Muay Thai fighter. Two ways of fighting, and two topics that she writes about on her blog and her Instagram account, Under the Ropes. We talked about passion and standing for yourself, but we also questioned the way abusers, rapists, culprits at large tend to be described. And the way victims are depicted as well.”
TW: Both Julie and I give accounts of sexual assault in this episode.
Learn more about Ila by reading their interview with BK Magazine.