“People with disabilities are first and foremost human. Every living person has certain rights, and each deserves equality, justice, and respect, and to live a life of dignity.”
Yesterday, AlManarah launched its newest initiative, a photography project entitled “Shufuna,” or “See Us.” For more than ten years, AlManarah has sought to facilitate a paradigm shift in the way Arabs in Israel think about and approach the concept of disability.
That’s where “Shufuna” comes in. We want to catalyze change both in and beyond the Arab world, shifting the focus from disability to ability, from pity to empowerment, and from ignorance to awareness.
“Shufuna” is a photography initiative of the AlManarah Association, designed to put a human face to persons with disabilities living in Nazareth and the surrounding areas. Using art as the medium for dialogue, “Shufuna” will provide a platform for PWDs and their allies to engage the non-disabled community in powerful, important conversations about rights, advocacy, and what it means to be (dis)abled.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring portraits of activists, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and local community members who are working to increase awareness of and support for disability rights in Israel, the Arab world, and beyond. Each post will include captions in Arabic, Hebrew, and English, so that you can put a story with a face, and get to know some of the individuals we’ll be featuring on the blog. We encourage you to stop by our website, take a look around, and read our first two profiles.