Get to Know Our Fellows: Karina Aquino

Posted by on Feb 14, 2024

Karina Aquino is a seasoned researcher, project manager, and gender equality advocate with extensive experience in international cooperation and diplomacy. Passionate about empowering women and girls, she integrates her faith into her work, aiming to break the chains of patriarchy and create a more inclusive world. Why do you do what you do? Growing up ...

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Get to Know Our Fellows: Masouma Rasouli

Posted by on Oct 3, 2023

Masouma Rasouli is a passionate advocate for gender equality and education. Formerly a water supply engineer in Afghanistan she is now a software development student based in Landau in der Pfalz, Germany. Why do you do what you do?I pursue my passion because it fuels my purpose. Creativity drives me to inspire and impact others ...

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Courageous Conversations: How Can the Power of Local Leadership Be Best Leveraged?

Posted by on Sep 22, 2023

In this Courageous Conversation, we explored how to best harness the transformative power of local leadership. Globally, there is a growing recognition that Global South community leaders, often labeled “local leaders,” hold the key to effective and sustainable systemic development. The experience of the participants of the Girl Child Long Walk Kenya Reading Journey illustrates ...

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Welcome, to our new Girl Child Long Walk Fellows!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2023

The Girl Child Long Walk team is thrilled to announce our second cohort of fellows. This group of 15 passionate, brilliant, faith-inspired change agents from Africa, Europe, Asia, and the United States will collectively explore global perspectives and experiences at the intersection of patriarchy and faith.  Building on our fellowship pilot, this cohort of fellows ...

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Reclaiming Eve, Our Mythic Mother Video Launch

Posted by on Jun 22, 2023

“Humans love stories. We always have. We write them and read them, tell them and show them, learn from them and live by them. Throughout history, most of humankind’s origin stories, hero’s journey tales, novels, and films have been created by men. Embedded in the stories are the values and priorities we live by, and ...

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Teaching, Playing, Telling Stories, and Learning all The Way

Posted by on Jun 19, 2023

Many years ago, I was presented by my sister-in-law with a heavy book containing Shakespeare’s most significant works. A handwritten dedication on the front page said, “To one who works as if playing and plays as if working.” I have been a teacher since long before I was qualified. The second of seven children, at ...

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Month of the Mother Online Gatherings

Posted by on May 1, 2023

Wisdom is a tree of life to all who embrace Her; happy are those who hold Her tightly.Proverbs 3:18 In honor of Mother’s Day & the Mothering Spirit who Mothers us all, you are invited to a series of online gatherings in May co-hosted by Girl Child Long Walk & WomanSpirit Reclamation. Sunday, May 14 at 9 ...

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Ezer Women, Help Us Fight for Healthy Bodies

Posted by on Mar 28, 2023

“Be grateful every time you are bleeding and in pain, allowing it to remind you of the blood and suffering of Christ.” —A group of well-meaning aunties at a “prayers for healing” gathering in Singapore in 2018 I first wrote this blog in 2017. Over five years later, little has changed. And while #endometriosisawarenessmonth is ...

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Our Mothering God Who Mothers Us as We Follow Our Path

Posted by on Mar 24, 2023

This blog was adapted from a sermon given by Emily Nielsen Jones at Nyamira Girls School in Bondo, Kenya, on Mothering Sunday in the Anglican Church — March 12, 2023. There was a huge deluge of much-needed rain outside but the powerful voices of the 2,270+ girls singing their hearts out could not be overpowered. ...

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Courageous Conversations: Beyond English—Why Translation Is Critical to Social Change

Posted by on Feb 21, 2023

In various countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, “official languages” aren’t spoken by lower-income and rural communities. This especially impacts girls and women, who often don’t have access to formal education. Language, therefore, is an essential tool of empowerment. But what can we do to overcome the language barrier, foster inclusion, and share about the ...

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Courageous Conversations: From Broken Leaders to Servant Leaders

Posted by on Dec 24, 2022

Pathways to Healing and Gender Equality We are following broken leaders. Too many have become “broken” due to the abuse and hardship they’ve experienced, cultural ideas they’ve embraced about power and control, fear of change, and bad theology. But how do these broken leaders impact our society? And what does the journey to change look ...

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The Reading Journey Begins!

Posted by on Dec 15, 2022

You are invited to join us for guided conversation and discussion of the Girl Child Long Walk reading journey At the heart of the Girl Child Long Walk project is a “reading journey,” accessible on the Girl Child Long Walk Hub. The reading journey is a self-paced exploration of our e-book, The Girl Child & ...

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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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