Voices of Arabic-Speaking Women: Migration Experiences and Stories

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This website aims to provide information about the impact of COVID-19 on Gender-Based Violence for Arab-speaking Women in the Halton Region


Purpose and objective of the research: The purpose of this study is to document the stories of Arabic-speaking women in the Halton region, as well as experiences of immigration and community. Our aim is to document Arabic-speaking women’s lived experiences as they navigate their day-to-day life across the various spaces and situations. The participants will be asked questions on their experiences at home, in educational spaces, at work, at places of worship, in the street, at hospitals and accessing various services. We also aim to understand the impact of COVID-19 on accessing such services, and how certain challenges have shifted throughout the pandemic. This information can be used to inform the development of programs and policy recommendations to address the various challenges facing Arabic-speaking women in Canada. 

Procedures: This anonymous survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. We will also be asking some general demographic questions so that we can better understand the participants' background. Rest assured that none of this information will allow anyone to identify you. 

Potential Risks: There is minimal risk in participating in this research study. Participants may experience emotional discomfort when recalling certain experiences. Before participating we encourage participants to ensure that they are comfortable with answering questions regarding their experiences. You are also free to answer only those questions that you feel comfortable with and to leave others unanswered. 

Potential Benefit: This study is the first to scan Arabic-speaking women experiences and challenges in the Halton Region within a COVID-19 context. The study shall help us understand those unique experiences, and how certain challenges shifted throughout the COVID-19  pandemic. The findings of this research study can help guide the development of social programs, grassroot initiatives, policies and improve access to services. Findings may also be published in an academic journal and/or presented at academic conferences to further educate service providers, researchers and policy creators. 

Honoring Participation: To acknowledge participants' investment in this project, the research team will be publishing the findings of this research along with infographics to communicate the project’s findings to all interested parties.  To learn more about this project, or to access the summary and findings please visit our research website: noonstory.ca

Anonymity: Participation in this research study is anonymous, no one will be able to discern the identity of the participants based on their data. We do not ask you to provide any personally identifying information, and we ask that you do not include any such information in any of your open-ended responses. If you do include any information that we feel may identify you (city names, workplaces, etc), we will remove it prior to analyzing and presenting the data to ensure your anonymity. Research findings may be presented at academic conferences, shared at community events, published in academic journals, and communicated through infographics or other similar knowledge mobilization methods. 

Please note that the questionnaire responses are collected through Survey Monkey and stored in Canadian facilities. Rest assured that your IP address will not be collected, again ensuring your identity remains anonymous. Please see the following for more information on Survey Monkey’s Privacy Policy.

Storage of data: all data will be securely stored at Women for Justice Foundation (WJF) and  Al-Qazzaz Foundation for Education and Development (QED).  Research data will be protected during data collection and analysis via the institution’s virtual Google Drive. Data will be securely stored for five years following the publication and dissemination of findings after which it will be destroyed. 


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The logo's story

Once upon a time, a group of passionate activists came together to create a logo that would represent their vision for a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls. They wanted to design a logo that would not only be visually striking, but also carry a powerful message.

After much brainstorming and discussion, they decided to create a participatory art logo that could be read from right to left or left to right, with the same pronunciation but different meanings. They chose to incorporate the word "Noon" into the design, which in English means midday, but in Arabic is a connected pronoun used to denote the plural of females.

To represent their goal of a brighter future, they chose the color orange as a unifying theme running through all of their global initiatives. The color orange represents hope, optimism, and a brighter tomorrow, free from violence against women and girls.

And so, the logo was born. A beautiful, participatory art piece that can be read in two languages, representing the fight against violence towards women and girls. Every time someone sees the logo, they are reminded of the need to take action towards a brighter future, free from violence and oppression.