The IZZAT Project
Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project is comic book created by young South Asian women. It is a love letter to our communities. We came together as a group of young South Asian women to challenge how “izzat” or “honour” has been used to rationalize violence against us. Our bodies belong to us, not to patriarchs, media or governments. Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project affirms our right to safety.
Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project is an expressive arts project in which young South Asian women use illustration, writing and theatre to explore and share community stories about resilience in the face of violence.
The IZZAT Group
In the late fall of 2011 Pomegranate Tree Group, in partnership with Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, worked with a youth peer coordinator to form the IZZAT Project group. Seven young South Asian women came together from March to September of 2012 to share stories, heal and participate in arts based workshops.
The stories we shared during our sessions were garnered through conversations with our peers, community members, novels and various news sources. IZZAT Project group members developed and formed these conversations into six stories. Drafts were read out loud and further developed through role playing and theatre based activities; we drew out key parts of our stories. We met numerous times as a group and were individually mentored by editors to further refine the stories. The illustrations were created from our sketches, discussions and continuous feedback. The final product is Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project.