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Laurinda Lee-Retter

Unveiling Freedom: A Hijab Story

 -- written by our youth artisan, Joy --   The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was a shock to the western world, but unfortunately, that is the reality of a lot of women in Muslim countries. The protests that followed of Iranian women cutting their hair moved me to write about my experience surviving the 'hijab' life. To be terrified of the consequences of not wearing the hijab, to be ostracized or beaten to death is a life of fear and violence that so many women live in silence. It’s time to bring our stories to light. Two years ago,...

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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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