“I always think about the mothers who were left behind and who continue to struggle to get justice”
– Hifsa Haroon Iqbal MBE DL, Nisa-Nashim Chair of Trustees
“Every action matters, no matter how small. Your actions can make a difference. Always challenge hate, prejudice and genocide denial”.
Many participants painted the 11 petaled Srebrenica flower, signifying the date of the genocide, and used colours such as green and white to signify growth and innocence. Some used their stone as a source of inspiration, with one participant saying that the stone she chose was gnarled and jagged, which for her symbolised the struggle that took place at Srebrenica. Other people wrote messages of hope, choosing to represent themes of love and unity with their Foundation Stones.
Hifsa Haroon Iqbal, Nisa-Nashim Chair of Trustees, used the seed from inside a mango instead of a stone, because “from little seeds, wonderful big things can grow”. She wrote the number 8732 in Urdu to represent the men and boys who were murdered in Srebrenica.
The workshop culminated in a message from Hifsa, thanking the members of Nisa-Nashim from across the UK for taking part.