Muslim women's group in Edinburgh will tackle stigma around sight loss

Lack of knowledge and the stigma that can surround disability are two topics that will be discussed by a new group set up by leading national sight loss charity RNIB for Muslim women who are blind or partially sighted.

Friday, 2nd July 2021, 4:55 am

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The Muslim Sisters Group is holding a series of fortnightly online sessions that will let women from across the UK discuss their personal experiences of sight loss and the barriers and challenges they have faced, along with a chance to share tips and information.

Topics will include individual living skills, personal hygiene, well-being, health education, cultural attitudes to disability as well as marriage and relationships, fashion and beauty, and learning about Islam.

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Community development officer with RNIB Scotland, Mumtaz Unis.
Community development officer with RNIB Scotland, Mumtaz Unis.

Community development officer with RNIB Scotland in Edinburgh Mumtaz Unis said: "The topic of being blind and visually impaired isn’t discussed much within the Muslim community.

“For some it’s seen as a taboo subject that’s never addressed. For others, there’s rarely an opportunity to learn about how to manage your visual impairment or be independent.

“Sight loss within the Muslim communities can be overshadowed by stigma and stereotypical attitudes towards a disability.

“This is often the result of behavior, beliefs, and a way of living that is passed down from one generation to the next.

"Stigma can label a person by their illness where they are no longer seen as an individual but as part of a stereotyped group.

“This leads to reduced confidence in quality of life for the individual. Visual impairment and dealing with issues around stigma needs to be addressed.

"This is why, we’ve created this eight-session UK-wide Muslim Sisters group for ladies to come together and feel part of a community to ask questions and share tips on the above topics.

“This group is held fortnightly and has participants attending from all around UK, bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise."

To find out more about the Muslim Sisters Group, contact Mumtaz Unis on [email protected] or telephone 07834 107009.

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