08.03.2021 / For immediate release
Muslim Charity Releases Poetry Book to Celebrate International Women’s Day
‘Stories of Her Sisters’ is a collection of women-centred poetry
Manchester charity Human Appeal has launched a poetry book, 'Stories of Her Sisters', to mark International Women’s Day and to raise funds for their Al Imaan Women and Children’s Hospital in Syria. The hospital saves thousands of lives and brings many new ones into the world each year, despite the constant threat of destruction posed by the ongoing conflict.
Members of staff and volunteers from across the country were asked to get creative and pen a piece about their own experience of being a woman, or about a strong female role model in their lives. The book features 32 poems, as well as a foreword by renowned poet, Nasima Begum.
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, the book also celebrates how our mums shape our lives and why it’s so important to show our appreciation for them.
Volunteers who have contributed to ‘Stories of Her Sisters’ explained why they felt it was important to take part, and the inspirations behind their poems:
“I decided to participate in the Human Appeal poetry book initiative, because the proceeds would go towards alleviating some of the health inequalities women face in Syria. Gender Equality is very important. I come from a culture/background that has fought for equal rights for decades - not just in Asia but globally. I wrote a piece that encompassed this sentiment and the struggles that women face is highlighted throughout it. What I like most about the piece I submitted is how it transcends the cultural bordering practices and identities we construct.”- Bukhtiar Awan, Manchester
“During lockdown I decided to take part in Human Appeal's poetry competition. Hearing about the volunteer poetry competition has definitely enabled me to keep my head held high during this pandemic. Why? Well this was a chance I did not want to miss. Being an enthusiastic poet over the years and not really thinking my work would ever get anywhere, this was the perfect opportunity to highlight some key humanitarian issues which affect thousands of lives every day. It also enabled me to get away from my everyday duties and put my mind at ease by doing what I loved best. Knowing the words that I’ve put into my poems feels amazing yet also overwhelming. It is because I know my words are going to reach places where I would never think of. My rhymes will be turned into words of hope for someone that I will probably never ever meet or get to know. I am a proud man to say I will fight for gender equality, for the millions that don’t have a voice.” - Adris Razwan, Glasgow
“I decided to take part in this initiative because writing for me whether it's in the form of stories or poems allows me to express my thoughts and feelings in a creative way. The topic of celebrating women is important to me because we live in a society that accepts women who look a certain way which is based on western features. Because of this, I've seen a lot of girls grow up trying to change themselves to fit into this one-dimensional standard of beauty and in doing so lose their identity. Therefore, I was inspired to write this poem so that girls realise that everything that makes you different is everything that makes you beautiful.” - Sofiya Najam, Manchester
If you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, ‘Stories of Her Sisters’ is available to purchase through Human Appeal’s website from today, and will be on sale for the rest of the year. The book costs £8 (plus £2.50 postage & packaging), and all funds raised will go directly to Al Imaan Hospital for Women & Children in Syria: https://humanappeal.org.uk/donate/projects/health-medical/stories-of-her-sisters
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Members of Human Appeal staff and volunteers are available for interview and further comment. For this or any other enquiries, please contact Sam Baxter on 07495 708236.
Human Appeal is a humanitarian relief charity, established in a flat in Manchester in 1991 and now active in 25 countries. We carry out emergency relief campaigns in response to man-made and natural disasters, as well as long-term sustainable development projects designed to lift people out of poverty and create resilient communities.