This week on Change Making Women we talk to Majo (Marjorie Angella Athurra) of the Gejja Women’s Foundation in Mpigi in Central Uganda. We hear about her own story, her work with women in her own community and how she is working to end shame and secrecy around menstruation.

Majo’s story in her own words:

I was born to two school going teenagers on 16th August 1992. My father was 16 and my mother was 14. I was abandoned shortly after birth. That led me to grow without parents and that parental gap meant I lacked childhood love, guidance and care that every child enjoys as they are growing. That significantly affected my self-esteem and as a result, I hated myself since I was regarded a bastard, useless and a child without any future. At the age of 14, I started my mensuration periods and my guardian at that time suggested I get married since there were no finances to help take care of the basic safe, hygienic and healthy menstruation materials. That gave another picture that they actually wanted to send me early marriage not only to stop being a burden, but also with the hope that through me, they could get some income. However, I managed to continue with school but was staying with whoever offered to house me and finance my education until 2011, when I got a government sponsorship to join Kyambogo University and pursue a diploma in English and Literature. Later in 2014, I joined the Social Innovation Academy where I was mentored and developed Gejja women foundation, an organisation through which I am fulfilling my passion of helping the young girls and women who are in the rural areas and marginalised. This initiative also empowers the widows who have no ability to sustain their livelihoods or educate their children.

Connect with Majo and find out more about her work:

This week on Change Making Women we talk to Kelly Diels, a writer and marketing consultant whose approach is based upon the marketing strategies of movements and revolutionaries. We find out why she is so passionate about the Feminist Marketing School she recently launched, what it means to market as a feminist without selling out, how she defined and critiques the Female Empowerment Lifestyle Brand and how she thinks we can both market our work and stay true to our values.

Kelly is a writer and marketing consultant and her approach is based upon the marketing strategies of movements and revolutionaries (if you’ve worked with her you’ll be able to testify). Her chief inspirations for how to get visible and get sh*t done are the Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr – the man was a master strategist – and the black lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde. She is a published writer and social critic; She has a BA with honours in Poli Sci; She has five children; every Sunday she writes blazing epistles of righteousness; and she is a rampant feminist. Her feminism and her work are about justice.

Love + Justice. Always and for all of us.

Connect with Kelly and find out more about her work:

Feminist Marketing School: http://bit.ly/feministmarketingschool
Website: www.kellydiels.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kellydielswriter
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelly.diels
Sunday Love Letter (subscribe): http://www.kellydiels.com/subscribe
We Are The Culture Makers (FB Group): http://bit.ly/wearetheculturemakers

This week, in one of our occasional rants, we talk about how we feel about hairdressers cutting off too much hair – and also what we think about institutions that try to do that! It’s all about natural hair, and your right to choose how you wear it, freedom & equality and stuff like that.

Connect with and find out more about Jennifer and her work:

Jennifer’s blog, How Matters: http://www.how-matters.org/
Thousand Currents Website: http://thousandcurrents.org/

Find the book at: https://www.smartrisks.org/
Twitter: @Tintldogooder

This week we talk with Jennifer Lentfer, Director of Communications from Thousand Currents and the woman behind how-matters.org about her work and in particular the recent book she co-edited with Tanya Cothran, Smart Risks (and which can be found at www.smartrisks.org).  The book is about how small grants are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems and came out earlier this year. It features the growing community of grant makers that find and fund visionary grassroots leaders around the world. Talking about the book leads us into a fascinating conversation about how aid and development are viewed, why we should refocus our efforts on challenging power and inequality and how we can lead and facilitate in new ways to create the positive change which the world needs right now.

Jennifer describes herself as a farm girl turned international aid worker and was named as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s “100 women to follow on Twitter” at @intldogooder. She is constantly looking for ways to portray the realities of people’s lives, their struggles, their strengths – as well as outsiders’ roles and mistakes – in an impatient, “silver bullet solutions” world. With her students at Georgetown University, she also published “The Development Element: Guidelines for the future of communicating about the end of global poverty” in 2014.

Connect with and find out more about Jennifer and her work:

Jennifer’s blog, How Matters: http://www.how-matters.org/
Thousand Currents Website: http://thousandcurrents.org/

Find the book at: https://www.smartrisks.org/
Twitter: @Tintldogooder

This week we talk to Janelle Hardy about the importance of our life stories, how getting in touch with how we feel in our bodies can help us transform our lives and the lessons she has learnt as an apprentice carpenter.

Janelle teaches memoir-writing as transformational work – awakening creativity through creative writing, embodiment prompts and exploration through fairytales. She is an artist in the ways she finds solace, discovery and truth are through her writing, dance and painting. A severe case of curiosity and wanderlust drives her and her insatiable urge to create motivates her. Raising a child on her own grounds her. Most of all, she is seeking answers for the unknown – the mysteries of the unknowable and that spurs on her explorations. Creative expression, in all it’s forms, keeps her clear and helps her to share what she does do, it is her driving force.
She says that life bursts her heart each day.

Connect with and find out more about Janelle and her work:

Website: www.janellehardy.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janellehardybodylove/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janellehardy/

Instagram:@janellehardyart 

An article about what Janelle has learnt from being an apprentice carpenter that we discuss during the show: http://www.janellehardy.com/building-a-house-becoming-whole/

This week we talk to Tanya Geisler, a coach and self-confessed ‘reluctant expert’ in the Imposter Complex about why you shouldn’t let your own self-doubt stop you from making the difference you are passionate about making in the world. We talk some common signs of the Imposter Complex, why if you feel it you definitely aren’t a fraud and concrete strategies for moving through your fears and getting on with the work you long to do.

Tanya Geisler is certified Life and Business Coach (CPCC), TEDxWomen speaker, and writer – she teaches women how to step into their starring roles, own their authority, and overcome the Impostor Complex in their life, in their work, and in their life’s work.

Connect with and find out more about Tanya and her work:

Website: http://tanyageisler.com/

Facebook: Tanya Geisler Coaching

Twitter: @TanyaGeisler

Instagram: @tanyageisler

This week Walker Thornton speaks with Mary Ann about her work as an educator, public speaker and author advocating for women’s sexuality and encouraging women to ‘step into their desire’. We talk midlife, women’s right to stay focused on their own wants and needs and why being in touch with our own sexuality is important and vital at every age.

Walker Thornton is an educator, public speaker and the author of Inviting Desire, A Guide for Women Who Want to Enhance Their Sex Life. She is a strong advocate for women’s sexuality, encouraging women to ‘step into their desire’. Walker is the Sexual Health columnist for Midlife Boulevard and writes about sex and the older adult for Kinkly.com and other sites.

You can connect with her on her website www.walkerthornton.com,
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WalkerJThornton/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/WalkerThornton and
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+WalkerThornton/posts

This week we speak with Kimberly Weiss a Body Positive Health Coach about what it means to truly believe in the possibility of health at any size, why she is so angry about the public health obsession with obesity and why we each need to start with defining what health means for us and our own unique body.

Kimberly Weiss is a body positive, BS – free health coach for normal women that don’t want to manifest things or go on a juice cleanse. She coaches smart women who overthink, try to have it together all the time on the outside and want to stop freaking out about eating an extra cookie (or 5). She knows there is more to wellness than organic apples and kale and teaches people the power of fitness + movement for it’s mental benefits and not just a 6-pack. She can be found over at www.kimberlyweiss.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kimberlyweiss/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WeissKimberly/

This week we talk with Ronna Detrick about how writing, both for herself and for others has helped her to delve deep in to her true nature. We talk about how writing can help us to uncover more about our deep fears and desires and in doing so identify our power and potential as women. Ronna also tells us about the support she is now offering to other women who want support and witness with their own writing.

Ronna Detrick reconnects us with the sacred that exists all around us and especially within. She is a writer, a speaker, and a coach/Spiritual Director. She has been blogging for over ten years, offering online products and courses for the past eight, and having rich, sacred, and provocative conversations longer than both of these combined. She has done a TEDx talk on Eve, creates and offers free weekly NotesFromHer, has an App called Sacred Muse, and offers * SacredReadings, sort-of like Tarot, but with the sacred stories she loves. She has most recently created a new offering called SacredWriting for writers, journalers, everyone! In the midst of all this, she drinks too much coffee, toasts “being enough” with champagne on Fridays, and is beyond proud to be the mom of the two most amazing daughters in the entire world.
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