This week Mary Ann talks to Hannah Thompson about mothering and humanitarian work, the challenges of travelling and risky contexts when you are a mum and how becoming mothers has affected our approach to our work in the international development sector.

Hannah Thompson is a consultant whose work focuses on preventing sexual and gender-based violence as well as protecting children from violence, exploitation, and abuse; preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence; and providing education in fragile settings. Hannah has lived and worked in complex emergency, natural disaster, and developing country contexts, mostly in South and Southeast Asia and West Africa. She looks to understand how best to enable children to reach their full potential and how to ensure full gender equality – where women have economic and political power, men have the right to express emotions, and those of diverse sexual orientation or gender identity have rights on an equal footing to all. Hannah’s on-going learning in these areas drives her work and influences who she is as a mother.

Connect with Hannah:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-thompson-15023414/

Proteknon: https://www.proteknon.net/seniorassociates

This week Ziada and Mary Ann talk with Rachael Maddox a trauma resolution educator, coach and guide about how she supports people to heal from sexual trauma in their lives, the new book she is currently writing and raising funding for and why healing our trauma is such important work in the world right now.

Rachael Maddox is a trauma resolution educator, coach and guide who’s helped hundreds of women and men resolve their sexual trauma and reclaim their pleasure, power and wholeness.

In her first book, SECRET BAD GIRL, Rachael tells the story of her return to wildness, sensuality, health and embodied safety after a decade living under the trauma spell.

Her next book, SEX AFTER TRAUMA, publishes fall 2018, and is written to help people navigate life between the sheets after they’ve been through the worst of it.

On a fierce mission to help as many women as possible who’ve experienced trauma, Rachael offers one-on-one support, groups, articles and courses for women who are ready to dance hard with life.

Connect with Rachael

Her Website: rachaelmaddox.com

Crowdfunder for her new book which we discuss in the show Sex After Trauma: bit.ly/sexaftertraumabook

Instagram: @rachaelmaddox

Facebook: facebook.com/rachaelmaddoxcoaching

This week Ziada talks to Liz Remande-Guyard and Mary Ann about their work as Shadow Work Coaches and Liz’s work as a Shadow Work Facilitator. We explore what Shadow Work is, why they have found it helpful in their own lives and what you might experience if you decide to give it a try!

Liz Remande-Guyard is a certified one-to-one Shadow work coach and certified group facilitator working in Brighton, UK. She works in English and French.

Having always been interested in what our bodies hold of our personal history, Liz originally started by studying and practising Dance Movement Therapy: a way to use movement to access trauma held in our body, and to find ways to release it.

She has been working in the field of personal development for the last 20 years, supporting at-risk and very challenging young people, managing year-long therapeutic programmes with them, including training their mentors and holding group sessions. Liz then founded and was a director of her own training consultancy for 10 years, delivering training courses in the field of youth and community for both young people and youth professionals. She has extensive skills in coaching, supervision and training trainers and a long standing experience in holding both groups and individuals in a very safe way.

Through Shadow Work, Liz is now working deeper with what has always been her passion and belief: supporting people on their journey to heal deeply buried wounds from the past. She knows, from her own path, how powerful this can be. In the Shadow Work approach she has found the most shame free, non-judgemental and most accepting medium, where some of the most complex, embarrassing and difficult issues can be explored and more wholeness can be found.

She has 3 children, and has experienced how transformative Shadow Work can be in supporting us to break the cycle of patterns inherited from our own parents, and have more of a chance to be the parents we want to be.

As well as being the Co-host of the Podcast and Director of Jijaze Mary Ann is also a certified one-to-one Shadow Work Coach working in both English and KiSwahili in London and virtually.

Both Liz and Mary Ann, as well as other Coaches and Facilitators can be contacted via www.shadowwork.eu

Find out more about Shadow Work: www.shadowwork.eu

This week Mary Ann talks to Valerie Vauthier about her work as Director of REM, an NGO focused on resource monitoring in the Congo Basin. They talk different ways of encouraging change and explore some of the current challenges in the NGO sector, particularly around funding and how it is distributed and managed. Valerie calls for a fresh look at how resources are given and monitored that enables long term change to be pursued more effectively.

Valerie Vauthier is a founding director of British Non-Governmental Organisation REM, specialised in the independent monitoring of forests, law and governance and the protection of the rights of forest peoples. She has over 15 years of experience developing, managing and implementing large projects in Africa as well as carrying out investigations and training civil society organisations. She holds an MSc international business and volunteers to support a vulnerable young women community interest company in her spare time.

Connect with and find out more about Valerie and her work

Resource Extraction Monitoring (REM): www.rem.org.uk

Read more of Mary Ann’s reflections on this conversation on the blog.

In this episode Ziada and Mary Ann discuss ‘#MeToo’, the hashtag that went viral recently as a means of identifying our experience of sexual harassment and assault. They talk about whether ‘hastag’s matter and what the impact of this one has been and might be in future. They also discuss the phenomenon of things going ‘viral’.

In this episode, Mary Ann and Ziada talk about taking time to care for yourself. They discuss how difficult that can be and Mary Ann shares some of the latest initiatives she and the Jijaze Team have been undertaking to help raise awareness about how making care for yourself a habit can support your change making work. In particular, they take about the idea of a regular Away Day to take time out and discuss the recent public event the Replenish: Away Day and how you can get access to the material from that.

Join Jijaze: https://jijaze.com/joinus/

Access the Recordings from our Away Day

Video Recordings on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jijazechangemakers/

If you would like downloadable audio and the worksheets from Session Four, go here:

In this episode Mary Ann and Ziada talk with Eunice Baguma Ball founder of Africa Technology Business Network about her work creating an event for aspiring and upcoming African tech innovators in London after being in the city for only a few months and about taking the world back to the continent she comes from with Her Future Africa which offers African women entrepreneurs the support and inspiration they need to start and technology-based businesses.

Eunice is a social entrepreneur and advocate for women in tech technology. She is Founder & Director of Africa Technology Business Network (ATBN).  Previously the founder of an Africa-based tech startup, she is now based in London working to enable collaboration between the UK and African startup communities. Eunice is particularly passionate about empowering female entrepreneurs and launched #HerFutureAfrica, a pan-African, female-focused tech entrepreneurship accelerator. She is also currently working on a book, Founding Women which spotlights leading African female tech role models to inspire and break down barriers for young African women in tech.

Connect with and find out more about Eunice and her work

ATBN: http://www.africatbn.com/

Her Future Africa: http://www.herfutureafrica.org/

Eunice on Twitter: @eb_ball

Our first episode launched on 7th September 2016.

In this show Ziada and Mary Ann celebrate the first year of this podcast, Change Making Women.

They discuss some of the interesting and inspiring guests they have had on the show and look forward to the future.

PLUS Eleanor Brown (who wrote and sang our theme tine) plays the title track from her new album, Meet You There, live for us.

Get Eleanor’s New Album Meet You There

This week we talk to Doris Mollel about her Foundation which seeks to raise awareness about premature birth in Tanzania and to better equip public hospitals to provide the care which premature babies need. We talk about her own story which was her inspiration, what motivates her and how she has dealt with the challenges she has encountered along the way.

Doris Mollel was herself a 900-gram Premature baby. She is also a former beauty queen and is now the Founder & Executive Director of the Doris Mollel Foundation and a UN Empower Women Global Champion for Change 2016/17.  She is also an Alumni of the YALI Regional Leadership Centre, and holds a BA in Politics & Management of social development and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management of Foreign Relations. Her Goal is to continue building a world where humanity is key to life.

Connect with and find out more about Doris and the work of her Foundation

Website: https://dorismollelfoundation.org/

Instagram: @dorismollel