Women’s Network P.E.I. staging photo exhibit

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CHARLOTTETOWN—Women’s Network P.E.I. and the City of Charlottetown invite all members of the community to attend the opening reception for Our Story Living in Poverty on P.E.I.: A Photo Exhibit.


Richelle Greathouse, Paths to Prosperity project co-ordinator

The event will take place Thursday, March 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Confederation Centre of the Arts Concourse. Admission is free.

This event is part of a larger three- year project funded by Status of Women Canada. The goal of the Paths to Prosperity: A Community Response to Poverty project is to develop a community response to poverty on P.E.I. by involving community members to find and implement solutions. All of the women involved in the photo exhibit took part in an eight-week community engagement skills-building program. The photo exhibit is the final aspect of this training.

These images, combined with minimal text, help give voice to the reality that many low-income people live everyday in P.E.I.

“This method, called Photovoice, has been used in participatory action research since the early 1990s”, said Sandy Kowalik, one of the project facilitators. “Words and pictures can help us understand another’s lived experience. For example, one woman photographed spilt milk on the floor. We’re always told not to ‘cry over spilt milk’ but when one has three little kids and no money until the end of the month to buy more, there is indeed a reason to cry.”

Richelle Greathouse, Paths to Prosperity project co-ordinator, was pleased when the City of Charlottetown agreed to help host this event.

“Mayor Clifford Lee and his staff have been very supportive of our work to date,” she said.

Our Reality will run until Thursday, March 27 at the Confederation Centre Concourse.

Organizations: Status of Women Canada, Confederation Centre Concourse

Geographic location: P.E.I., Charlottetown

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