‘Don’t Fence Me In’ is a photography series sharing visions and reflections of what it really means to be a
Muslim girl in the UK today, and challenging the overwhelmingly negative image of Muslim women reinforced
in mainstream media.
The series provides a platform for participants to tell their own stories, as part of the Muslim Girls Fence
project, curated by Maslaha.
The photographs capture the journey of twenty Year 8 girls from Frederick
Bremer school in Walthamstow as they take part in discussions about their identities as Muslim girls
and weekly fencing sessions led by former Commonwealth fencer Linda Strachan over a three-month period.
‘Muslim Girls Fence' is a collaboration between Maslaha, British Fencing and Sport England challenging
prevalent misperceptions of young Muslim women, in the light of the complex discrimination experienced
by this group on the basis of both faith and gender. The initiative also aims to break down conceptions of
fencing as a white-dominated, elite sport that is not accessible to young people of all backgrounds.
Immerse yourself in the experience of participants as they reflect on their introduction to the sport of fencing,
and explain in their own words what it means to be a Muslim girl in the UK today.