Mary-Justine Todd

Explores Demistfying Feminism and Women Crisis Advocacy

This class leads you through the Playbook of Mary-Justine Todd as she explores feminism and women crisis advocacy. She Deep dives into her journey that lead her to become a founder of Shamasaha an award winning crisis response program in the MENA.

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About this Masterclass

Instructor Name

Mary-Justine Todd

Total Runtime

2 hrs 55 min 00 sec (16 lessons)

Mary-Justine Todd is the founder and executive director of Shamsaha. M-J holds a Master’s Degree in International Public Health from New York University, as well as a Master’s Degree in International Studies, from the University of Iowa and is completing a PhD in International Human Rights Law from the University of Leicester. She is the winner of EY’s 2018 Middle East Winning Women Award for women entrepreneurs. She is Afkarech’s 2018 Woman of the Year and the 2019 International Gold Prize Stevie Award winner for women in non-profit business. She is the winner of Ingrid Vanderveldt’s Empowering A Billion Women 2020 – Most Innovative App Award, as the creator of the Shamsaha mobile app, to scale the humanitarian services in Bahrain, making 24/7 multi-lingual and culturally sensitive crisis support services available to millions of women for the first time ever throughout the Middle East. A former international humanitarian aid worker, specializing in gender-based violence for refugees and vulnerable populations, M-J has worked for major global NGOs such as The International Rescue Committee and the US Refugee Resettlement Program.

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Meet Mary-Justine Todd

1:30

This class leads you through the Playbook of Mary Justine as she  started on this personal  journey in a small Mississippi River town, in Iowa, USA, at the age of 17. More than 20 years later, she is now the founder and Executive Director of Shamsaha, the first and only domestic and sexual violence crisis response program in the Middle East. She is the winner of EY’s 2018 Middle East Winning Women Award for women entrepreneurs. She is the winner of Ingrid Vanderveldt’s Empowering A Billion Women 2020 – Most Innovative App Award, as the creator of the Shamsaha mobile app, to scale humanitarian services in Bahrain. Mary-Justine was a former international humanitarian aid worker, specializing in gender-based violence for refugees and vulnerable populations, M-J has worked for major global NGOs . M-J’s women’s empowerment work has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, The Huffington Post, Google Earth, The Telegraph, Emirates Woman and Trade Arabia, among many.

1. The Journey

12:37

Explore the journey of Mary-Justine Todd as she becomes founder and executive director of Shamsaha, an award winning domestic and sexual violence crisis response program in the Middle East. Mary started her journey holding Bachelor’s Degree of Arts to a PhD in International Law that focus on women rights developing a keen understanding of how to accomplish women's empowerment and equality in the governmental, corporate and civil world through 15 years advocating for women and domestic violence.

2. Gender Based Violence Recognizing the Signs

12:38

In this lesson, we will be understanding the prevalence of domestic violence as a public health concern and the numerous ways abuse , harassment can occur ranging from disrespect to causing someone physical or mental pain and more. Mary-Justine unravels the root causes of gender based violence and violence against women as well as  barriers to safety while addressing common misconceptions about gender-based violence.

3. Extending Support to Women

13:05

Being an advocate doesn’t limit to being part of an official organization Showing support to women who are around you whether by small acts of kindness or on social media to keep the conversation going. Whether you’re talking to your friends and family, Mary- Justine shares different ways on how you can further extend your support to a woman or a child who might be suffering from any type of harassment.

4. Officially Standing for Women in Crisis

17:45

Many communities and hospitals have formal women’s crisis advocacy programs to get involved with. Mary-Justine gives the 101 on becoming an official crisis advocate, and what the reality of serving women as a violence crisis advocate means.

5. Safety Planning and Early Detection

8:45

Safety planning is a crucial step for women in crisis . Mary-Justine outlines possible aspects of safety beyond the physical and significance of having a holistic approach to safety. Identify how do you yourself raise alert to specific situations, how do you differentiate between the scale of certain situations and when your safety may be at risk , learn how to develop a specific safety plan including ongoing support networks and resources to reach out to for yourself and others that need your help

6. Becoming a Compassionate Supporter

5:57

Mary-Justine dives into the psyche of an abuse and harassment victim giving the right techniques and simple day-to-day steps that people can take to show their support to victims.  It is crucial to understand how the mind of a survivor functions in order to deal with them correctly without causing triggers and retraumatization.

7. Mastering Bystander Intervention

6:45

Bystanders make a difference by preventing acts of violence and assault against women and children , and encouraging others to provide assistance in  future situations. Mary Justine gives you tips and advice on how to assess a situation and safely help someone in crisis without getting yourself in a difficult and risky position.  She also stresses on the importance of bystander intervention training  in the workplace as a way to empower employees to address and prevent work harassment.

8. Supporting Emotional Well-being

6:39

This lesson helps you to focus on your overall emotional and mental well-being. Mary-Justine helps you to recognize unhealthy patterns and tackle different forms of emotional abuse and how to take care of yourself or someone who needs it and the role of advocacy of supporting mental well-being, shares her personal experience on how to deal with the rollercoaster of emotions that come from crisis advocacy.

9. Breaking the Cycle: Intergenerational Trauma

11:08

Living in a violent environment , trauma can be transmitted over generations causing intergenerational trauma to keep passing on until it causes symptoms, reactions, patterns, and emotional and psychological effects from trauma experienced by previous generations. Mary-Justine dives deep into the concept of intergenerational trauma in hopes of spreading awareness to start healing yourself in order to heal future generations.

10. Start Early: Teaching Healthy Boundaries to Children

8:01

In this lesson , Mary- Justine stresses on the importance of teaching adolescents and children boundaries, the concept of consent and safety measures for their awareness and protection. She also flags what contributes to the perpetuation of violence against children and girls  in order for you to teach children how to protect themselves in different scenarios and settings.

11. Working Together for Change: Men Supporting Women

8:48

Men have a role to play in the prevention of violence against women, this lesson highlights the importance on engaging men and boys in the prevention of  sexual violence, domestic violence and harassment. Mary-Justine provides practical and easy guidance on how to engage men and boys in violence prevention and show support  in numerous ways on a day to day basis.

12. Building a Gender-Sensitive Work Culture

4:45

Mary-Justine draws from over a decade of experience in this field and gives advice on how to Identify workplace risk factors and assault that can be prevented or minimized by HR Managers and Career Professionals and how to take appropriate precautions to ensure a better work culture and a safe space for women , as well as the procedure that needs to be done when an individual faces harassment or bullying in the workplace.

13. The Guide to Starting and Funding Nonprofit and NGOs

11:28

Being the founder of Shamsaha the first and only domestic and sexual violence crisis response program in the Middle East. Mary-Justine explores how you can attract the right investors and donors by sharing her own personal tips for long term success and how to communicate  your vision and mission in order to gain supporters and allies.

14. Future Generations: Modern solutions to old-Age Problems

5:5

Mary Justine discusses different modern solutions to tackling a long history of violence and crimes against women giving hope and ways you can be part of a big change and a safer world for the future women generations who come.

15. Connecting the Dots:  Women & Media

7:30

In this lesson , Mary- Justine discusses how mass media contributes to the normalization and perpetuation of violence against women increasing real-world gender-based crimes and aggression as well as how social media condone to the objectification of women and girls from cyber-bullying to posting without consent. She also gives advice on how to deal with and what resources to turn to when faced with this type of harassment

16. Feminism: Redressing Gender Imbalance

7:05

Mary-Justine re-explores the meaning of feminism, the different types and how its all about respecting diverse women’s experiences ,knowledge and identity and strive to to empower and fight for equal chances for both genders in all aspects of life

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After this class you’ll be able to…

Understand the various schools of thought driving feminism and today’s gender issues in order to understand dynamics of society.
Practice women advocacy in your everyday life to show support to your female co-workers and family members.
Evaluate red flags in relationships in order to establish healthy relationship boundaries with your family, partner and friends.
Eliminate misconceptions around gender equality and inclusion to be able to position yourself.
Master bystandard prevention to help women and children around you who need help in a public setting.
Develop a specific safety plan including ongoing support networks and resources to reach out to for yourself and others that need help.
Tackling grievances calmly challenging emotions and conversations with learning how to develop empathy and asking the right questions.
Promote a crisis ready workplace for your female employees in order for them to feel safe and come over when dealing with a work-related concern.
Analyse diverse women's experiences, identities, knowledge and strengths, and striving to empower all women to realise their full rights.
Increase safety and awareness around  the internet and social media to be able to protect yourself and your loved ones from the negative influence from different media exposure.