Aisha Novakovich

At the age of eleven, Aisha was already challenging the meaning of religion and eventually found her own truth as a Muslim woman. Although she was proud of her religion, verbal abuse from strangers mounted following the events of 9/11, and she made the difficult choice to remove her face veil. Aisha has endured other hardships, and she speaks about her experience of domestic violence and how she was able to extricate herself from an unhealthy and dangerous situation. 

This story was collected by the Centre for Stories for the Empathy Museum's 'A Mile in my Shoes' installation as part of the Perth International Arts Festival