Trans self-defense and empowerment for all bodies
Trans and non-binary people, especially trans women of color, experience some of the most severe and frequent gender-based violence of any group in the US. Defend Yourself offers practical skills that anyone can learn (you don’t have to be an athlete, or train for years in martial arts) — skills for preventing, interrupting, and healing from harassment, abuse, and assault. Join Defend Yourself teacher Stephania Mahdi to find out more about how empowerment and self-defense training can help you be safer and more confident when dealing with everything from daily problems like problematic family members or intrusive coworkers to physical assault. You’ll leave this session with techniques you can use right away.
For the last six years I have been teaching, learning, and growing as a Defend Yourself trainer. Defend Yourself classes empower me to be more assertive, and to create healthy respectful boundaries in my personal relationships. What inspires me the most about Defend Yourself is providing tools to women (cis/trans) and non-binary/queer folks to feel empowered in all aspects of their day-to-day life.
In addition to teaching with Defend Yourself, I am the chair of the DC Anti-Violence Project, a volunteer organization that supports survivors of all types of violence in the LGBTQIA+ community.
In my professional life I work as an Equal Opportunity Advisor, advising and training management and employees on ways to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering in my community, working out, and attending the theatre.
Who is welcome at WiTEACH?
Everyone who wants a Wisconsin within which trans and nonbinary individuals and families are welcomed, supported, and helped to thrive.
About Wisconsin Transgender Education and Advocacy Coalition for Health:
WiTEACH is a new trans people/service providers/community members statewide coalition designed to focus and make more effective efforts to improve the lives of transgender and nonbinary individuals and families. We invite you to join us!
Our first year will be devoted to expanding and improving the availability of quality mental health care for transgender and nonbinary people throughout the state.
WiTEACH Community Meetings (Zoom)
2nd Wednesday of the month