“Creating a Lifeboat” is a story of a Syrian refugee woman who rises from the ashes to build a life for herself and family. The story reveals Adeebah’s agency and role in adapting to the new life in USA as a refugee. It depicts how Adeebah steps outside her comfort zone to challenge gender norms and engage in economic activities such as working in restaurants and catering food. Adeebah exerts her agency as active participant in shaping her life as well as her family’s. She uses her talent of painting and finds herself an artist who sells her paintings in churches and exhibits. Adeebah’s story is not only a story of a refugee woman but a unique story of emancipation.
Nahel, Shahd A. and al-Natour, Manal
A Life Boat.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 22(1), 556-565.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol22/iss1/38