“International Women’s Day with EYST: Identity in Wales
Categories: Past Event Articles
Tuesday March 14 2023
To commemorate International Women’s Day, on the 8th March EYST organised an all-female panel to discuss the intersectional issues that surface with identity and belonging, following the issue with Ngozi Fulani at Buckingham Palace. Despite Wales having a long multicultural history, there is still a narrow view of what being ‘Welsh’ should look or sound like. In this forum, we discussed thoughts on our own identities, society’s attached labels, and how this can shape our sense of belonging, or not belonging.
Our junior community organiser for Midlands & Wales discussed in length how through our work at MEND we have seen how Islamophobia, the othering of the Muslim community and external perceptions of the Welsh Muslim community has shaped our identity and sense of belonging. Whether this impacts our ability to nurture our spiritual identity and expression of faith or accessing spaces where we can actively participate in civic society.
MEND would like to thank the team at EYST for organising this wonderful event and spotlighting disadvantaged communities. Please see MEND’s social media post on International Women’s Day here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cphi1fFIBa8/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=