Illustrated Women Who Can / by WOCC McGill


“Illustrated Women Who Can” is a blog series created by artist Yaansoon, inspired by her work with a Syrian refugee she encountered a few years ago whilst working with Oxfam. An ongoing work in progress, it features 20+ women Yaansoon met in over 20 countries and their unique ideas about beauty, justice and power. Her work focuses on the universal nature of the “woman condition”, which cuts across cultures, languages and borders.


“White is not the default; it is not the centre of the universe, and as such the whole premise that colour is an attribute that can be attached to anyone who is not white, should fall apart.


“I have Trump to thank for this essential transformation in my perspective… Thanks to him, the words “Enough is enough” became my personal mantra.”


“[living in Zaatari Camp] is really exciting for me. I don’t say this to other refugees here, because they won’t like my ideas and my ambition, but I am happier here than I ever was in my village!”

Every narrative is inspiring and empowering in its own way, reflecting values of resilience, compassion, bravery, understanding, love and respect. For the full blog posts and upcoming updates, click here.