Canberra’s Muslim women ask you to walk in their shoes

Yvette-Berry

YVETTE Berry has launched “Walk in my Shoes: Stories from Muslim Women”, in which eight Canberra Muslim women share their personal stories which provide insight into their lives and experiences living in Canberra.

“In the exhibition one woman describes the impact of wearing the hijab and how this can lead to misconceptions and judgement,” Yvette says.

“She also describes how the hijab can be a conversation starter, leading to increased connection.

“Another woman describes her journey to overcome a sense of isolation and lack of connection with neighbours and community after the death of her brother, by building a neighbourhood network.

“With the recent tragic terrorist attacks in France, it is important to capture the richness and diversity of the lives of Muslim people and to challenge the misconceptions that persist in the community.

“These highly personal accounts allow us direct access into the lives of a group of Muslim women living in Canberra and how their experiences, like all Canberrans are multifaceted.

“The women’s stories help us to better understand the diversity of people living in our community and to challenge misconceptions and stereotypes.

“The eight women appearing in the digital stories who have generously shared their time and their personal stories and this to this valuable project which is already making a big impact.”

The project was funded by an ACT Government 2014-15 Participation (Women’s) Grant. The digital stories will be available to be viewed, from 3 December at photoaccess.org.au

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