Just completed all the interviews of Clifton school girls, amazing to go back in time, very emotional but also humbling, very empowering to listen to stories of hope and resilience. These are stories social researchers often don't get to, the lived experience of women from ethnic minority community.
Me and Panni are looking at the interviews at the moment. A question that I am reflecting on, whether the women would have said as much to a researcher they did not know or did they reveal a bit more to me as they knew me. A bit of ethical dilemma.
The stories challenged some of the narratives of Muslim families and the patriarch culture as most of the women have said the biggest support they got was from male members of the family, father, husband or brother.
I am reflecting on how the arts can capture the emotional embodiment of women's journey, the conflicts, the barriers, the successes.