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Laurinda Lee-Retter

Women's Bodies: The Battleground for Control

-- written by our youth artisan, Joy --   When I heard about the abortion laws in the US, I was brought back to a series of questions I had asked myself years ago.   I come from a place where controlling women is a way of life. I could fill a whole library with all the rules we were forced to follow. We weren't allowed to do anything without permission from the men in our lives. Many women died because of this, and what's worse was they were made to believe that their death was “honourable”.   I thought...

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Laurinda Lee-Retter

Trauma Anniversaries

A blog post written by our youth artisan, Joy  It was 3:00 am on the twenty seventh of April, twenty twenty two and I couldn't go back to sleep. I woke up with a terrible knot in my stomach and anxiety that I couldn't quite trace. I didn't know where this feeling was coming from and I couldn't calm myself down.  The anxiety got worse and I couldn't lie in bed anymore. I was pacing around my room trying to figure out why I had this sudden compulsion to leave everything and run. I tried taking deep breaths, counting backwards...

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Laurinda Lee-Retter

Reflections from our women artisans

Today, we celebrate women all over the world and their amazing contributions to family, community and society as a whole. But what does it mean to be a woman? We asked our female youth artisans to reflect on their experiences as a woman and were pleased to know that one of our artisans found being a woman to be extremely empowering: "To be a woman is to be beautiful, to feel beautiful and to be able to spread the beauty. It is also the ability to celebrate all stages of life and living with utmost grace. As a woman, I...

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Laurinda Lee-Retter

The (super)Power of Dissociative Identity Disorder

A guest blog from one of our youth artisans and her experience with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID or previously known as Multiple Personality Disorder) is fragmented pieces of your identity that break off when you're a child that has gone through trauma.  So having DID means that as a child your identity was unable to fully develop into one singular personality. Everybody as a child starts off with an unintegrated personality. Around the age of early development, if a child experiences severe or repeated trauma, the brain, understanding that this is not something it's equipped to deal with, puts up a...

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