The Mother Wit Conference:
Releasing our Stories; Transforming our Pain; Reclaiming our Power
Date: April 5, 2014
Location: The National Black Theater of Harlem (2031 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10035)
One of the highest expectations for women from all cultural, spiritual and socioeconomic backgrounds is that they will “conceive” and “reproduce” life in the form of children. It is also presumed that every woman will conceive, choose to go through with her pregnancy, will carry the pregnancy to term and subsequently experience the magic and bliss of giving birth and being a mother. This misconception about conception, birth and motherhood has rendered women, who have not had these experiences or made these choices, silent, and, this silence has created a dark chasm where women, their stories and experiences have been hidden and their healing process has been blocked.
The Mother Wit Conference aims to offer people of all ages a safe and engaging environment to give voice to their experiences with infertility, miscarriages, abortions and post-partum depression so that the cycle of silence can be broken and the healing journey can begin.
What are the Conference objectives?
The Mother Wit Conference will support people of all ages as they bring the darker stories of fertility, pregnancy and motherhood to the light of day in order to educate, dispel myths, allay fears, initiate change and create catharsis. This forum will offer a full day of activities that will promote the free exchange of stories and ideas through word, theatrical representation, accounts of triumphs over tragedy, healing workshops and presentations from academics, healers and practitioners in the field of reproductive health.
The Mother Wit Visionaries:
Co-creators Shawnee Benton-Gibson, Sonia Daly and Melissa Madera, present The Mother Wit Conference to shift the secrecy, shame and fear that these experiences conjure. Celebrating their passions, triumphs over tragedies, artistic and creative approaches and abilities to captivate audiences, Benton, Daly and Madera seek to give rise to a language society can rely on to offer women a new empowered relatedness to their experiences, and dispel the connotations of disempowered pasts.
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