Immigrant Sisterhood



Immigrant Sisterhood is an ethnographic-participatory research project where young female refugees want to show different aspects of their life. The used method called Photovoice combines photography, focus groups and social action. By means of photography, Photovoice seeks to enable marginalized groups and their individuals to record and reflect on community strengths and challenges.

The girls were included in the whole research process: They developed their own research question, made pictures about a topic of concern, told stories about their pictures and their lives and showed them to public with the hope to create awareness about their specific situation. The project is still in progress. More pictures and stories will be uploaded soon….


                     © Gemma Lynch

Female refugees belong to a marginalised group of the population whose perspectives and voices are rarely included in the public discourse. The dominant visual representations of female refugees in media depict them as helpless victims or sexualized objects. These images contribute to harmful gender stereotypes that often trivialize violence against women and disregards women’s agency, voice, and their resources as survivors, protectors and providers. With this PhotoVoice project the research team wants to focus on the strengths and challenges of female refugees and give a voice to the most marginalized.


The Artists


We are a group of black girls living in Italy on the Sardinian Island. We are waiting and hoping for our documents and freedom. For the moment we are living in a camp. With our picutures we want to show our lives, our strenghts and our difficulties. We are human beings and we want to be treated like that. We want to show that togehter we are strong because we are more than friends. We are an Immigrant Sisterhood!


Online Exhibition



When I am walking on the street, old italian men think that all black girls are just prostitutes. They always say „Andiamo, andiamo“ or „Quanta costa“. They should stop to see all black girls like this, because not all black girls are like this. We have our own story, our own experiences. I want to say that we are all human beings and we don’t want to be seen only as sex objects.



DSC01624bw.jpg   © Gemma Lynch

When I look at this picture I know there is a bright future ahead for me. When there is hope, there is life. I like to see the future how god created it. I did not come to Europe to sleep around. I had a plan for me and I thought I will work. I wanted to send money to my family. But for now I am just in a camp waiting for documents.




Just because I am black and wear shorts it doesn‘t mean that I am a prostitute. Prostitutes come to you, you don’t have to come to the girls. If the girl is not coming to you it means she is not a prostitute.




This is me. My name is Alica. I am an immigrant. I am in Italy. I see a bright future. Altough I love my country, my country is very insecure. Italy have saved me. But I have a little problem. The white people they take us for fools. They take us as nobody but we are somebody. Everybody is somebody. We have to join together and save the world. White and black together. It doesn’t make a difference. We all are human beings.



IMG_20190320_155509.jpg© Gemma Lynch

Before I came to Italy they told me it is the land of milk of honey, but I can’t find the milk, I can’t find the honey. In my future I want to become an artist. I want to help people. I want to live a normal life, like the rest of the people.





This is in my room. It is close to the window. It was in january and it was cold outside. We were just having fun together. With my sisters and my operators. We made some pictures together and get dressed up. I really enjoyed this day.



IMG_20190320_155612.jpgWhen I walk on the street I feel angry, because they often stop me and ask me stupid questions. Like “would you like to come with me?”. Just because I am walking on the street it doesn’t mean that my body is for sell. I just want to beg them to stop this nonsense.




This is about being alone and praying. The veil is white and this is my special color. I love everything white. I believe in god and I pray. So I know that one day everything will be good.



I am an immigrant and I live here in Italy. Sometimes I keep wondering why we are treated differently. White people treat us as prostitutes. Is this really true? Hell, no. Truth must be told cause I stand for the truth. I know that there are many girls who prostitute themselves to earn a living here in Italy. But we are not all the same. Some of us have a bright future. There is this saying „don’t judge a book by it’s cover“. This is what I wanted to say. We should not be classified all as one.





This is my god. When I wake up I have to pray and believe in my Jesus. He gives me hope. Jesus is my strength of life. He gives me hope for moving forward. With him all things are possible.

What Did All The Sisters Do?

The International Youth Initiative Sisterality draws to a close. Check out the activities of our sisters in Austria, Croatia and Italy!

Thanks to:
Sisterality Italia
Radno i ravnopravno

No changes are possible
overnight. Constant education
and work of all actors on the
problem are necessary to
achieve change. Therefore, our
work continues…🙅‍♀️🙅‍♀️




Sisterality – International network of young women

Die internationale Jugendinitiative Sisterality – eine Wortkreation aus Sister und Solidarity – hat das Ziel ein europäisches Netzwerk zur Förderung von Frauenkarrieren zu schaffen und eine Kampagne zur Sensibilisierung von gender-inequality am Arbeitsmarkt zu starten. Junge Frauen, welche von Benachteiligung und prekären Arbeitsverhältnissen betroffen sind, werden Workshops zu relevanten Themen besuchen, auf regionaler Ebene Aktivitäten planen und an internationalen Vernetzungstreffen teilnehmen.

Wir freuen uns auf die Zusammenarbeit mit unseren Partnern PaRiter (Kroatien) und TDM2000 (Italien).

Neuigkeiten gibts bald hier zu lesen…..


The project name Sisterality is a mix between Sister and Solidarity and leads already to the purpose of the youth initiative. With this project we want to create an international network of girls and young women  to encourage for labour mobility and to create awareness about the topic “gender-inequality on the labour market” through a campaign. We define the international network of girls and young women as a possibility of exchange of competences and resources to promote women-careers in an international context and create awareness about genderinequality on the labour market. Young women will participate at workshops to relevant topics, they will plan activities on a national level and will be part of international networking meetings.

We are looking forward to work with our partners PaRiter (Croatia) and TDM2000 (Italy).

More to come…..

Photovoice_Vernissage / Ausstellung

PHOTOVOICE / Photography is just another way of keeping a diary

Vernissage 26.04.2017, 18 Uhr – 22 Uhr

Exhibition: 27.04 – 11.05.2017 ( 9 Uhr – 16 Uhr)

im Packhaus, Marxergasse 24, 1030 Wien

Im Rahmen eines Photovoice-Projekts, organisiert vom Verein „Die Spinnerei“, setzen sich sieben junge Frauen mit Fluchterfahrungen mit dem Thema Fotografie auseinander. Das Projekt hat das Ziel, die Handlungsräume der Teilnehmerinnen zu erweitern, um damit einen Beitrag zum Empowerment leisten zu können.

Unter dem Motto „Wien, meine neue Stadt – ein Fototagebuch“ hielten die Ausstellerinnen für sie wichtige Motive und Themen mit der Kamera fest.
Die dabei entstandenen Bilder dienen als Sprachrohr für soziale, politische und gesellschaftliche Anliegen und bieten Einblicke in die Lebenswelten der jungen Frauen.

Die Künstlerinnen sind zwischen 14 – 18 Jahre alt und Bewohnerinnen eines Wohnhauses des Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Österreichs.

Eintritt ist kostenfrei! Für Buffet und Getränke bei der Vernissage ist gesorgt…

Music: Die Künstlerinnen sind die djanes!

Die Digitalkameras sowie die Rahmungen der Fotos für die Ausstellung stellte Canon Austria zur Verfügung. Förderungen gab es von der Magistratsabteilung 57 (Frauenabteilung der Stadt Wien) und der Hil-Foundation.



PHOTOVOICE / Photography is just another way of keeping a diary

Vernissage 26.04.2017, 06.00 pm

Exhibition: 27.04 – 11.05.2017 (09:00 – 16:00)

Where: Packhaus, Marxergasse 24, 1030 Vienna

In our Photovoice-Project „Vienna, my new city“ seven female refugees between 14 -18 years had the possiblity to learn more about photography. The young photographers had professional cameras (donated by Canon Austria), learned how to edit pictures and have organised an exhibition.

The pictures are giving them a voice for social and political matters and offered them an opportunity to give an insight in their daily lifes and their needs in their new hometown.

The young artists are between 14-18 years old and are living in community of the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Österreich.

Free Entry!

Music: the participants of the project will be the djanes

Thanks to MA57 and Hil-foundation for their financial support.

Photovoice : Erste Eindrücke

Die Workshops sind gestartet und unsere Teilnehmerinnen haben sich sehr über die von Canon überreichten Kameras gefreut.

Mehr über unser Projekt gibt es auf der Homepage unserer Unterstützerin Hil-Foundation.

Erste Eindrücke sind auch auf der Facebook-Page von Canon und der Spinnerei zu finden.

Wir freuen uns auf die nächsten Treffen und die Fotoausstellung!

Alle Fotos © Stefanie Freynschlag


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Projekt – Frühling/Sommer 2017

Partizipatives Fotoprojekt mit weiblichen, unbegleiteten, minderjährigen Flüchtlingen zum Thema „Wien, meine neue Stadt“

Dieses Projekt bietet Mädchen und jungen Frauen mit Fluchterfahrung einen sicheren Rahmen, in dem sie sich über die Fotografie mit ihrer neuen Heimat Wien auseinander setzen können. Im Zeitraum von 3 Monaten wird den Teilnehmerinnen der Umgang mit digitaler Fotografie bzw. Bildbearbeitung näher gebracht und gemeinsam eine Ausstellung der entstandenen Fotos organisiert.

Bei der Durchführung des Projekts wird auf die sozialwissenschaftliche, partizipative Methode “Photovoice” zurückgegriffen. Über das Medium der Fotografie können sich die Teilnehmerinnen aktiv mit ihrer neuen Umgebung befassen und neue Blickwinkel erforschen. Das Projekt bietet ihnen politische, soziale und gesellschaftliche Teilhabe und Mitgestaltung. Die Bedürfnisse der jungen, geflüchteten Frauen und ihre Erfahrungen mit der neuen Stadt sollen aufgezeigt werden.

Das Projekt gliedert sich in folgende Projektphasen:


theoretische Auseinandersetzung mit der Technik und der Fragestellung + Vermittlung medienpädagogischer Inhalte

Erhebungsphase: Fotos machen

Auswertungsphase: Diskussion und Kategoriebildung der Bilder um politische, soziale und gesellschaftliche Anliegen sichtbar zu machen

Darstellung der Ergebnisse: Bildbearbeitung und Planung der Ausstellung inlusive Vernissage


Durchgeführt wird das Projekt von Stefanie Freynschlag (Fotografin), Christina Ott (Medienpädagogin), Sabine Tiefenthaler (organisatorische Leitung, Pädagogin),  Sophie Weiser (Medienwissenschaftlerin, Jugendarbeiterin) Barbara Wieser (Sozialpädagogin) und Lisa Sammer (Sozialpädagogin).

Projektzusammenfassung (PDF): zusammenfassung-photo-voice

Foto (Flyer): Maria Noisternig

In Zusammenarbeit mit: Arbeitersamariterbund Österreich


Vielen Dank an unsere Unterstützer: MA57 Frauenabteilung der Stadt Wien, Hil-foundation und Canon