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Jeeti Pooni is a motivational speaker, the author of The Silent Stoning, and the driving force behind her documentary film Because We Are Girls, which highlights Jeeti and her family’s arduous journey. Jeeti is an advocate for cultural change, and a voice for all those that have suffered sexual abuse. She lives in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada with her husband and two daughters.
Jeeti Pooni, like most women, wears many hats and is proud to wear each and every one of them.
Jeeti broke her silence of being sexually abused as a young child. Jeeti’s outing of the veil of silence within her family and community has been a spark for much needed conversations. These conversations are the first steps to ending the abuse experienced by women and girls in the Indian community and all communities. Jeeti believes that exposing abuse allows survivors to heal by telling their stories and how remaining silent about a family trauma is not an effective strategy for healing. Instead, it passes on the cycle of abuse and suffering to future generations.
Jeeti is a motivational public speaker, author, filmmaker and a voice for all those who have suffered sexual abuse. She passionately shares her personal life experiences to inspire audiences. Her honest and authentic storytelling ability enables her to connect with her audience and transform their perspective on trauma and resilience.
As the inspirational author of The Silent Stoning, a non-fiction book publishing in 2021, Jeeti shares her tale of childhood sexual abuse, rape, and how she survived through the horror and confusion of it all.
She is also the driving force behind her documentary film Because We Are Girls, produced by the National Film Board of Canada and directed by Baljit Sangra. The film shares the impact sexual abuse has had on the lives of Jeeti, the Pooni Sisters and her family, and unmasks the social and cultural beliefs that hinder girls and women. The Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto hosted the film’s world premiere on May 1, 2019, and now the film is available on Amazon Prime.
Jeeti has persevered through the arduous journey of a long tried sexual assault court case. The criminal justice system journey took 14 years which involved an RCMP police report, Provincial Court of British Columbia preliminary hearing, Supreme Court of British Columbia trial and finally the British Columbia Court of Appeal hearing. The case reached a monumental guilty verdict which inevitably was stayed. Regardless of this unfavorable decision Jeeti keeps faith. She is advocating for change of the criminal justice system as she continues to provide a voice for the voiceless and passionately inspire lives.
She is also the founder and designer of To Desire, where Jeeti unleashes her creativity making exquisite shawls that grace the shoulders of women around the world.
Jeeti is an alumni of Simon Fraser University with an Economics major and Sociology minor.
Most importantly, and the driving reason for her journey for justice, Jeeti is a loving wife and mother of two daughters – one in university and the other in elementary school, a proud sister and aunt. She lives with her family in Surrey, BC.