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COVID & Us:  Newcomer Women in Pandemic

Like other Canadians, newcomer women are experiencing unemployment and working from home while caring for their children.

But for newcomers with smaller networks, the strain is Immense.

Isolated at home, community classes cancelled. Wait times for husbands and family members to enter Canada have been extended, past promised deadlines.

They worry about their families in India, Azerbaijan, Zimbabwe, or Turkey, where aid is limited.

These women came here with hopes pinned on the future. Now the future is Unknown.

Read their stories. Listen to their voices.

The Shoe Project holds writing workshops where Canadian writers exchange skills with newcomer women, enabling them to share their stories of arrival in and adaptation to Canada -- through a pair of shoes.

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Our Program

Many newcomer women are professionals and leaders in their original countries but need to work on their writing and speaking skills in English to attain similar roles in Canada.

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Our Shoes, Our Stories

Every woman has a special pair of shoes in her life. For those who embark on the long journey to a new life in a new country, her choice of shoes is not only vital -- it is also a powerful metaphor for that journey.

Watch our recent performance in Toronto

Heels in My Life, Vathsala Aswathaman

News and Media

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesNovember 23, 2020

Venera Loshaj-Balaj, Surrey BC

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesNovember 19, 2020

Himanshi Upadhyay, Vancouver BC

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesNovember 17, 2020

Zeynep Ergun, Calgary AB

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesNovember 16, 2020

Nelli Antepli, Calgary AB

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesNovember 15, 2020

Manisha Shrestha, Canmore AB

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What We're Doing NowNovember 8, 2020

2020 Giller Prize Winner Souvankham Thammavongsa

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What We're Doing NowNovember 3, 2020

Ava Homa, "Minority Writers Have to Work Thrice as Hard"

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesNovember 2, 2020

Ngozi Onyinye, Edmonton AB

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesNovember 1, 2020

Gurpreet Nain, Toronto ON

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Impact StoryOctober 10, 2020

Women's Courage Can Change the World

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What We're Doing NowAugust 18, 2020

Caroline Adderson, "I consider the novel a work of imagination based on fact"

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesAugust 5, 2020

Levia Ququezana, Calgary AB

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Video StoriesJuly 30, 2020

A Happy Birthday

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Impact StoryJuly 28, 2020

No Safe Haven from Racism

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Video StoriesJuly 26, 2020

Little Shoes

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Video StoriesJuly 15, 2020

The Only Friends I Had

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Video StoriesJuly 12, 2020

My Shoes Left Behind

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Video StoriesJuly 10, 2020

My Brown Bata Slippers

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesJuly 2, 2020

Seran Celik, Calgary AB

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesJune 28, 2020

Noriko Ohsada, Canmore AB

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Video StoriesJune 23, 2020

My Mother and Grandmother Walk with Me

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Video StoriesJune 19, 2020

In Salmon’s Shoes

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesJune 15, 2020

Natalia Mokhovikova, Richmond BC

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Video StoriesJune 10, 2020

Beneath the Surface

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Video StoriesJune 4, 2020

Heels in My Life

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesJune 2, 2020

Teenaz Javat, Mississauga ON

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesMay 15, 2020

Tenzin Palzom, Banff AB

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What We're Doing NowMay 11, 2020

The book by Tanaz Bhathena has been awarded the 2019 Nautilus Gold Award.

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesMay 10, 2020

Mariana Barron, Banff, AB

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesMay 3, 2020

Dana Roman, Canmore, AB

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesMay 3, 2020

Umut Duygu Uzunel, Toronto, ON

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesApril 28, 2020

Cordelia Tang, Toronto, ON

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesApril 28, 2020

Sinthia Zaman, Calgary AB

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesApril 28, 2020

Shaima Jaff, Vancouver BC

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What We're Doing NowApril 24, 2020

New Chapter in Edmonton

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What We're Doing NowApril 20, 2020

The Shoe Project Shorts

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COVID Across Canada: Short TakesApril 14, 2020

Rhoda Akuol Philip, Toronto ON

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Let’s share more stories. Together.

The Shoe Project was launched in Toronto in 2011. Since then, we have added chapters in Vancouver, Calgary and Halifax, and are now a registered charity. We are committed to providing a truly national platform for the voices of immigrant and refugee women.