About the project
'The woman I am' online exhibition
The women's group worked so well together; this picture shows women from so many different countries brought together in friendship.
In addition to taking photographs herself, Lee Karen Stow has run a number of workshops in Sierra Leone and the UK, teaching women digital photography skills.
In January 2011 she led a week long workshop, 'The woman I am', working with women from with the Liverpool Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) group. The workshop aimed to get participants to explore who they are, what they can do, and what they would like to celebrate about themselves, by taking photographs taken of themselves and of something dear to them.
"About sixteen women from all parts of the world have taken part - from Tibet, the Congo, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana. Women who maybe have done a little bit of photography before, snapshots, but they've never really focussed on using the camera to explore the things they like and things about themselves.
I have to give enormous thanks and credit to these women because they've come here this week, many of them are going through horrendous difficulties either with red tape, forms or legal implications; or stress or worries about back home or their future here.
And yet they've come in, picked up the cameras, listened to a few basic instructions and they've gone out and they've taken some really good pictures. Their energy has just been a complete overwhelming buzz to the class, so it's been a great experience, I've really enjoyed it and I think they have too.
There is a stereotypical view of asylum seekers. But if people look beyond the stereotype they will see women just like us with problems and dreams, wanting to make a better life for themselves."
"Friendship and respect" - Kadsang and Rohie