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Stories behind the headlines

In March 2019, on International Women’s Day, our HopeStreet Women’s Services team launched ‘Hope Narratives’, an anthology of stories from the women experiencing stigma, demonstrating resilience and finding belonging, during a special event hosted at our Darlinghurst Women’s Space.

“It’s easy to see something in our society like homelessness, drug addiction or sex work without empathy: as a headline, or a statistic,” said Jess Davidson, Women’s Services Manager.

“Through working with Women’s Services, we get to know the stories behind the headlines and we learn that stories are powerful. They challenge the stereotypes we hold, and change our understanding of people and their experiences. Instead of sympathy or judgement, stories allow us to empathise and see someone as our neighbour instead of the faceless and unknown ‘other’.”

“We wanted to give women the opportunity to tell their own stories, without speaking for them and the result was ‘Hope Narratives’.

As one client reflected, “Reading the magazine made me realise I am not alone, others are ‘out there’. It’s absolutely beautiful and incredibly inspiring’.”

You can purchase your own copy of ‘Hope Narratives’ today for via our donations pagedonations pagedonations page (choose ‘Hope Narratives’ in the drop down menu).