Refugee women’s photographs of their new lives on display at Town of Victoria Park Library


Professor International Health Jaya Dantas. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d477681
Professor International Health Jaya Dantas. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d477681

PHOTOGRAPHS that give viewers a glimpse into the lives of families from refugee backgrounds will be on display at the Town of Victoria Park Library.

‘Our images and voices: using photovoice to explore refugee women perspectives of resettlement in Western Australia’ will be publicly showcased from January 8 until January 26.

The women, who originally came from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Vietnam, South Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Lebanon and El Salvador, were given cameras to capture images of importance to them.

Project lead and Curtin University Professor of International Health Jaya Dantas said the women’s photographs offered a looked into the lives of refugee women during resettlement.

“The photographs provided important insights into the issues faced by refugee women in the wider community as they settle into their new homes in Australia,” she said.

“Through the discussions prompted by the photographs, we learnt that refugee women identified various challenges that made their resettlement more challenging.

“These included barriers to learning English and gaining employment, not having family in Australia, feeling socially isolated, adjusting to a new life and different culture, difficulties accessing suitable housing, and managing physical and psychological health issues.”

The project was funded by Healthway and undertaken in conjunction with community partner Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre.

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