Women of Canberra is an online photographic documentary about the women who call Canberra home. It is inspired by the phenomenal Humans of New York.
Women of Canberra is a community arts project that aims to explore the diversity and experiences of women in the Canberra community. We wanted to delve into the joys, hopes and fears of women from all walks of life in our community and, at the same time, confront existing stereotypes of Canberra women. The stories told by policy, statistics and media give the impression that women in Canberra are a homogenous group—highly educated, economically empowered and out-performing their comparators in other states and territories on many indicators. However, we know from our community engagement work that women in Canberra are actually a culturally and socioeconomically diverse group, with struggles and aspirations that aren’t captured by mainstream narratives.
WCHM is delivering this project with the assistance of a small group of emerging ACT female photographers: Liz Thompson, Josey Carnovale and Nicole Zimmermann. This is part of our commitment to develop the capacity of women to have a voice in public conversations about health and wellbeing.
Women of Canberra is supported by You Are Here, a curated festival showcasing the best of Canberra’s diverse independent and experimental arts and culture.
The Women’s Centre for Health Matters (WCHM) is a community not-for-profit organisation which works in the ACT and the surrounding region to improve women’s health and wellbeing. We do this in a variety of ways, including using health promotion, social research, community development, capacity building, information provision and education and advocacy. You can read more about us on our website: www.wchm.org.au.
If you have questions about the project please get in touch with WCHM on (02) 6290 2166 or by emailing email@example.com.