At the event, held at the Tribe Porty Youth Theatre in Edinburgh, Zakia called for new perspectives and described her work in changing the lives of those affected by homelessness. She also encouraged the audience to think of the invisible people in our cities and to see our cities and their people in a different light.
Zakia is from St Etienne in France and has been living in Scotland for eight years in which time she has worked with local and international charities, mostly organisations working with homeless people.
She recently founded our very own Invisible (Edinburgh), a Scottish social enterprise that trains local people who have experienced homelessness to become walking tour guides of their cities. We offer local and social tours, connecting tourists and locals with places that make the city what it is!
Our aim is to create change around the stigma surrounding homelessness worldwide and bring people together, no matter their backgrounds, stories or problems.