Refugee Festival Focus: An African Woman in Scotland

We reached out to our event organisers to find out a bit more about their #RefugeeFestScot events!

Meet Angie, founder of Sharpen Her: The African Womens Network.

What can people expect from your event? Why should they come along?

There will be stories of African women who have made their home Scotland, demonstrating their resilience.

There will also be lots of opportunities to network, build connections, share information and stories and to socialise.


What does the theme of Storytelling mean to you/ your organisation?

Sharpen Her was built on a foundation of story telling. We use life stories of women just like us to motivate each other, encourage, teach, inform and role model for each other.

Our platform has been effective in using stories of women like ourselves, from African backgrounds, mostly refugees and asylum seekers to encourage other women. We focus more on the assets that women have, and we are able to demonstrate that refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants have so much to offer and can contribute to UK society as active citizens.


What are you most looking forward to/ hoping for during the Festival?

I am looking forward to making more and more connections. More importantly, to hear women’s stories and hope that many will be inspired and impacted. We hope these stories will contribute to changing negative perceptions and narratives about people arriving in this country from other countries.


“An African Woman in Scotland” will take place on Saturday 18th June, 12-2pm at Adelphi Centre, Glasgow. Find out more