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Imagine Equality, Create Change

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Imagine Equality, Create Change focuses on the political participation and civic engagement of women from racialised minorities and barriers to their action/activism.

The research project

Dr Khursheed Wadia is based in the Department of Sociology at Warwick. Her research on women and political participation and civic engagement includes working with local stakeholders to support gender and race equality across the West Midlands and Warwickshire.

In March 2019, she created the ‘Doing Politics, Changing Society’ programme (in partnership with Muslim Women’s Network UK) which provided 15 local women aged 18-35 the opportunity to gain theoretical understanding and empirical knowledge about the West Midlands and wider UK political landscape. Her Coventry Creates project will expand upon her earlier work, and will foster a sense of empowerment and social connection among local women.

“This project will provide space(s) to encourage local women to think about their ideal society, and how political action can produce desired change. Such articulations of political action can also inform local policy makers and encourage wider publics to think about how to support such change to increase gender equality. Articulations of change and political action will foster a sense of empowerment and social connection among these women and can also inform local policy makers and encourage wider publics to think about how to support such change and increase gender and race equality. It will bring our research to the attention of policy audiences, community organisations and the broader public.”

Dr Khursheed Wadia

The artist

Dr Wadia will be working with local Coventry artist Sherrie Edgar - a multidisciplinary artist specialising in artwork that explores human conditions. Fascinated by the moving image, fast youthful graphics, and embracing sounds, Sherrie produces work for the unconventional.

She is a co-founder of COVert Arts, a grassroots art organisation set up to give opportunities for artists to exhibit their work. She is part of the City of Culture 2021 Walking Forest project which highlights the importance of our environment and trees. She is also a photographer for Radford Bubbles, (photographing people in the community for a future City of Culture exhibition), and has recently completed a film for Refugee Week.

“Coventry Creates will provide me with an opportunity to work with researchers on feminism and women activists. For this project, I have suggested a framework of art to include a digital film featuring the words and experiences of local young women of colour, and a physical exhibition at which the film can be shown, together with an installation of either fabric or reflective material to represent the barriers to political engagement faced by young women of colour.”

Sherrie Edgar