The Journey Continues…

Posted by on Jun 22, 2022

Friends on the Journey, if you are looking for a next step on your ongoing journey of liberation from the many layers of patriarchal religion, we offer these two summer opportunities hosted by partners in the space. Take a look at these and see if either one feels like it is calling your name. If ...

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Reflections on the Journey: Girl Child Long Walk Fellows

The Girl Child & Her Long Walk to Freedom’s inaugural cohort of Fellows recently celebrated the close of their 9-month journey with the Girl Child. In this interview, three of our Fellows, including our two youth Fellows, share their perspectives on the reading journey, their roles as faith-inspired change agents, and how the Girl Child Long Walk project has shaped their lives and can inspire those who join the journey.

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Leading in Tension as a Female Pastor

Posted by on Jun 14, 2022

“If you were a male, you would be further along in the denomination.” This statement has been said to me several times and was meant to be a compliment, instead, it reveals the patriarchal system that is a stronghold in the church. Come read how Rev. Arlene Hall is standing in the tension of being a female pastor and paving the way for the next generation of women in ministry.

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Courageous Conversations: Men of Faith for Gender Equality

Posted by on May 11, 2022

Rev. Domnic Misolo, Rev. Patrick Musembi, and Jeff Bass are three men of faith who use their spheres of influence to champion gender equality by empowering women and educating and empowering men to become allies for gender justice. In this video conversation, they tell their stories and share what they’re doing as men of faith to promote gender equality. 

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Her name is Hadija

Posted by on Mar 17, 2022

Imagine being a young girl with multiple disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy. You are locked in a one-room hut made of mud. It’s hot. There are no windows, water, or food. There hasn’t been any all day. When your father comes home, he beats you to get the demons causing your seizures to leave you. You have never known care from another person. All you know of God is that He cursed you. You don’t cry because no one comes to help anyway. This is all you’ve known. How you would feel is how she does. Her name is Hadija.

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A Journey to Discovery

Posted by on Mar 15, 2022

Priti Bhattarai shares her journey of untangling the patriarchal traditions that surrounded her upbringing and finding her own path of discovery and healing.

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Remembering Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Posted by on Jan 21, 2022

The following remembrance is from Girl Child project advisors, Will Keepin and Cynthia Brix, founding directors of Gender Equity & Reconciliation International. My dear Brothers and Sisters, we are ONE human family. . . We can be human only together. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu We pray for the peace of the soul of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond ...

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My #GirlChildLongWalk Story: Maria Lígia Conti

Posted by on Oct 18, 2021

As part of our blog series #MyGirlChildLongWalkStory, we are pleased to share this personal story by Maria Lígia Conti from São Paulo, Brazil. Lígia discovered the Girl Child project after googling the word “patriarchy” which led her to our animated explainer video Understanding Our History of Patriarchy: What’s Faith got to do with it? Finding ...

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Welcome to our 2021-2022 Girl Child Long Walk Fellows!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2021

At its core, the Girl Child Long Walk reading journey, the signature effort of the Girl Child Long Walk project, seeks to inspire people all over the world to “put their faith to work through love” to improve the lives of women and girls. After two years of iterating and improving the reading journey, the ...

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The Steps of Progress in the Catholic Church

Posted by on Aug 30, 2021

I would like to thank The Girl Child & Her Long Walk to Freedom team. For many of us participating in the reading journey, this was an amazing experience to learn more about global issues impacting girls and fearless faith-inspired change agents from all walks of life. When I was asked to write something from ...

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Dignity for All: How “Purity Culture” Harms Girls and Women

Posted by on Jul 14, 2021

When I decided to participate in The Girl Child & Her Long Walk to Freedom reading journey, I was anticipating the ways in which it would enrich my current work with Tostan, an African-based international non-profit that empowers communities to develop and achieve their vision for the future and inspires large-scale movements leading to Dignity ...

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She is a Tree of Life to All Who Embrace Her

Posted by on May 6, 2021

In honor of Mother’s Day or Mothering Day, which is celebrated in many places around the world in the month of May, let us give a big hearty salute to our world’s mothers whose love, strength, and care are like a towering tree with deep roots and far reaching branches which hold us in Her ...

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Praying to a Feminine and Masculine Presence

Posted by on May 5, 2021

I like to set aside some time every day to pray, usually in the time after I wake up.  Most mornings, this looks like doing Centering Prayer for 20 minutes, reciting a few favorite prayers, sitting quietly and starting a conversation with God, or all the above. I am an eclectic prayer. When I free-form ...

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One Step at a Time

Posted by on May 4, 2021

“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” — Ruth Bader Ginsberg The Girl Child and Her Long Walk to Freedom book opened my eyes to the oppression of the Girl Child. I was raised in a family that valued my sister and myself just as much as my brother. I was encouraged ...

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Redeeming Women’s Stories

Posted by on May 4, 2021

In a small, war-torn, West African nation, sweat began pouring off my brow. The temperature in the room hovered around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but tensions rose as I facilitated a new course we had just written called, “Women and Men Leading Together.” Attending was a small group of local Christian leaders and a few pastors.  Even ...

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“Now what?” The Girl Child Action Maps

Posted by on Apr 6, 2021

As our team surveyed and interviewed participants in the 2018–2019 Girl Child & Her Long Walk to Freedom reading journey pilot, we heard loud and clear that they wanted to know, “now what?” With heads and hearts full of new data and stories, participants were eager to do something: to share, to continue to learn, ...

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The Girl Child in 2020

Posted by on Feb 10, 2021

Dear Friends, Happy New Year to you and yours!  We hope that this new year finds you safe, healthy and in peace. 2020 was quite a painful and challenging year for all of us as the pandemic brought the world to its knees, and the Black Lives Matter movement mobilized droves of multicultural stakeholders in ...

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