Life Stories of Ethnic Minority Women in Wales

by Alyson Cunanan in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

We did it
On 10th December 2018 we successfully raised £355 with 12 supporters in 56 days

To produce short films, a book, educational materials and a website on the remarkable contribution that minority women have made to Wales

by Alyson Cunanan in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

The stories of women from Wales’ minority communities are seldom heard. The Ethnic Minority Welsh Women's Achievement Association is a small charity run by volunteers that works to empower minority women, inspire young girls and showcase the achievements of ethnic minority women in Wales. We play an active role within the community, organising workshops and talks for women and girls who are disadvantaged by barriers of culture, appearance and religion. Every two year we organise an awards ceremony. Over the last 8 years, we have made awards to a wide range of women from all walks of life. This project will tell the stories of these women, producing a book, short films, educational materials and a website. These will be important resources for teachers and community workers and a source of inspiration for girls from minority backgrounds, contributing to community cohesion and integration and promoting wider understanding of diversity. The life stories are of women who were born or have settled in various parts of Wales since 1948. The women featured include a mix of long settled often families and women who have come from various parts of South and East Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East more recently. Some arrived as migrant workers, others as refugees, students or the wives of students. Their life experience is a vital part of the history of multi-ethnic Wales and helps chart social changes since the 1950s. It documents the significant contributions made by minority women to Welsh and British society. The audio stories, films and family photos will be made accessible to a wide audience via the Peoples’ Collection. In order access Heritage Lottery Funding, we need to raise £3240 in match funding. We will use the money raised towards the cost of the book and DVD.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

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Acknowledgment on the project website

£20 or more

£20 Reward

A copy of the book at the end of the project and acknowledgement on the project website

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Tickets for 2 for the 2019 achievement awards ceremony and dinner to be held at the City Hall on 30th March 2019 and acknowledgement on the project website

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