For Women, By Women

2 March 2017: In acknowledgement of the power of storytelling as an enabler of voice, the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) held two storytelling workshops for women from migrant, refugee, mainstream and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

The workshops were designed to provide women with the opportunity to come together and share stories of resilience, strength and leadership in the lead-up to Queensland Women’s Week.

Rose Karlo, Chairperson of the African Australian Women’s Association was one of the 30 women who participated in the workshops, held in Moorooka and West End.

“It is widely recognised that storytelling provides a powerful mechanism to break down barriers and build cross-cultural connection,” said Ms Karlo.

“I feel that it is really important as a leader to be able to share the story of my community and build understanding of the challenges we face. These workshops were a great way to connect with others and find similarities in our stories.”

An additional component of the workshops was to identify ways in which to creatively express stories, whether through poetry, visual art, weaving or oral storytelling.

“Many of the women in my community are creative and have existing skills in art, but sometimes they don’t recognise them because it is part of their everyday life,” said Ms Karlo.

“It was great to take a step back and acknowledge that skills like sewing or hair braiding are an art form and can be appreciated by the wider community.”

In follow-up to the workshops, ECCQ will be holding an exhibition to showcase some of the women’s stories at Mu’ooz restaurant in West End on Wednesday 22 March.

For more information contact Claudia Diaz Amayo on 3844 9166 or

These workshops are funded through Multicultural Affairs Queensland.

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Eadie Hancock
Communications & Policy Officer
Phone: 07 3844 9166

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