This week Ziada and Mary Ann talk about homelessness and shelter insecurity in Tanzania and beyond.
This week Ziada and Mary Ann talk with Christine Gatwiri about the #myalwaysexperience campaign in Kenya in which women used social media to share their experience of using Always menstrual products. Christine is a multifaceted woman who is still figuring life out, and is championing for women’s rights in very small ways. Christine has recently begun, My Period and Me (see the Instagram link below) to give women a platform to talk about menstruation and everything in between from menstrual disorders to menstrual hygiene products.
This week Ziada and Mary Ann talk to Nicole Lewes-Keeber, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work who is also a Speaker, Business Therapist, Mindset Coach and Podcaster about her work assisting entrepreneurs to reveal the blocks and blindspots in their businesses. She reveals the importance of the relationship we have with our businesses and how negative experiences in our past can impact the way in which we relate to them. Nicole’s articles about the impact of small t trauma on entrepreneurship can be found on Medium and in her blog.
Find Nicole here: nicole.lewis-keeber.com/
Her articles here: medium.com/@nicole_22488
And connect with her here: www.facebook.com/nicolelewiskeebercoaching
We’ve released our 75th show today celebrating International Women’s Day. Hear us reflect on why our own stories matter, how storytelling might be ‘balanced for better’ and celebrate some of the shows we have loved in the past year.
Esther Otieno works as Senior Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Manage with IRC Tanzania. She is based in Kigoma in North-Western Tanzania. This week she tells Ziada and Mary Ann all about her mental health work in Refugee Camps and what motivates and challenges her about it.
They talk about the passion Esther has for her work, the successes she has had in encouraging refugee communities to access mental health services and how she deals with challenges and looks after herself in her work.
Esther works with IRC Tanzania: https://www.rescue-uk.org/country/tanzania
Her project runs 5 wellness centres which have, to date, carried out over 14,000 consultations and mental health outreach staff working with the project have visited over 6000 homes to provide information about mental health and support the development of resilience and coping mechanisms. The project has reached over 50,000 people in the community and made them aware of the mental health services and the existing referral pathways through outreach and awareness activities.
In this show, Ziada tells Mary Ann all about her recent trip to Sauti Za Busara, a Music festival held in Stone Town on Unguja Island, Zanzibar. They talk what music really excited her and Ziada gives us some top listening tips as well as telling us which festivals are next on her ‘bucket list’!
Music Ziada enjoyed a Sauti Za Busara and mentions in this show:
BCUC, South Africa: https://blackmajor.co.za/artist/bcuc/
Asia Madani Band, Sudan/Eqypt: https://www.facebook.com/Asia-Madani-187059958001209
Music Festivals we mention:
Sauti Za Busara, Stone Town, Unguja Island, Zanzibar, Tanzania: http://www.busaramusic.org/
Nyege Nyege, Jina, Uganda: http://nyegenyege.com/
Afrochella, Accra. Ghana: https://afrochella.com/home
Ziada and Mary Ann re-introduce themselves for 2019 and give an update on what they have been up to since the last show. Ziada tells Mary Ann about the challenges of running events and Mary Ann talks to Ziada about what she learnt from posting publically about her 5th miscarriage.
In our first episode of The Change Making Women Book Club, Ziada and Mary Ann have been reading Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee, the Liberian Peace Activist whose leadership helped bring an end to Liberia’s second civil war.
They introduce the Book Club talk about what they learnt from reading this story about a woman creating change in a time of war. They talk about how her honesty shows through and about the parts of her story that inspired and challenged them.
Each month we will be doing a show about a book written by a woman who has created change and talk about her story and why it inspires, motivates or challenges us. We will also be inviting listeners to get involved with this.
Website: Leymah Gbowee Peace Foundation
This week on the podcast we talk about the online conference Mary Ann has initiated ‘Healing Solidarity: Re-Imagining International Development‘. Ziada also quizzes her about the evolution of her work as well as what she got up to in over her summer holiday!
This week on the podcast we talk about the women who inspire us personally. We share the characters and moments that inspire us most and why we choose to draw inspiration from a whole range of different women, including the women we are lucky enough to interview on the podcast!
We also share about something new coming soon on the podcast which we are calling The Change Making Women Book Club. Each month we will be doing a show about a book written by a woman who has created change and talk about her story and why it inspires, motivates or challenges us. We will also be inviting listeners to get involved with this.
Listen to this episode to find out more & follow us on Instagram where we will be sharing what our first book is going to be soon!