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Refugee photo exhibition celebrates International Women’s Day

5 March 2009

woman holding a camera in front of a display of photographsBRC/Chris LoufteTwenty refugees and asylum-seeking women from a Red Cross refugee support service based in Manchester, exhibited their photography at The University of Manchester on 5 March.

The photography exhibition, Inspiration Amidst Asylum, included images showing what inspires them and gives them to strength to carry on. Photographs  included images of family and nature scenes.

The exhibition took place thanks to Manchester City Council, which selected the Red Cross women’s integration support project from 43 women’s projects across the city and allocated a grant of £500. Funding helped the women acquire the skills and materials to display their work for the exhibition.

Learning new skills

Antonia Dunn, British Red Cross refugee service manager, said: “We are really grateful to the council for giving us this opportunity. We have a group of women from nine countries across the world, including Somalia and Afghanistan, who have been able to learn new creative skills to help them express who they are and where the come from.

"This has been a fantastic project and has inspired our women to focus on strength and positivity.”

The women’s integration support project helps refugee and asylum-seeking women adjust to life in the UK by providing educational and social opportunities. The service helps women meet each other in a friendly setting where young children are welcome and catered for. Women can also improve their English, and attend information sessions, arts and crafts workshops and trips during school holidays.

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