“The World will be saved by the Western Woman” 
Dalia Lama

An Action for Children Scotland project is helping to reduce levels of isolation felt by young ethnic women in Edinburgh.

The charity’s ‘Heritage Project’ sees young women from BME backgrounds spend time researching and developing heritage learning using oral histories, archives and art collections allowing them to become much more aware of their own heritage and increase their participation within their own communities.

Over the course of the two year project, the charity will work with more than fifty young women in four secondary schools in the capital. Since being launched last summer, it has been described as having made a “huge difference to my life” by a young woman the service is working with.

A lasting legacy will then be created through the sharing of learnings with the learning and wider community.

Local MSP’s have had an interest in the development of the project, where the young women could speak about their learning, their thoughts and their opinions. They were able to ask the MSP’s questions around positive role-models, capturing stories that inspire and recognise women who would not be widely known.

The young women are developing an art installation based on the famous “The Dinner Party” by Judy Chicago. The artwork is a way to celebrate women, capture role models stories and promote cultural awareness. The art will be exhibited for one month in June at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art following a launch event at The National Gallery of Scotland. Local multi-cultural families will be amongst the audience, promoting heritage and raising awareness of services available for them.

“We need to reach out to all communities that would not usually come into the gallery, this project is an ideal opportunity to bring awareness of what is there for everyone no matter on your cultural”
Morwenna Kearsley (local artist)

Next year, the young women who are participating in the project will have the opportunity to host a one week MSP exhibition at Scottish Parliament, this will be an ideal opportunity to speak face to face with MSP’s around diversity and social inclusion.

Throughout the project, the participants will receive their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Due to the project, there are now more BME young women participating in the award in Edinburgh than the rest of Scotland.