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'It’s given me love': connecting women from refugee backgrounds with communities through art

By Mandy Hughes, Lecturer in sociology and social science course coordinator, Southern Cross University
Barbara Rugendyke, Adjunct Professor in Human Geography, Southern Cross University
Louise Whitaker, Senior Lecturer, Southern Cross University
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Women from Afghanistan, Myanmar, Syria, Iraq and other countries are settling in regional Australian communities. Adjusting to life in a new home involves facing many challenges — but finding a sense of belonging can help the settlement process.

For those who have experienced trauma, including women from refugee backgrounds, creative arts can enhance well-being, improve…

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