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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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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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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In the Spirit of Two Notorious Giants who Left us in 2020, Join us for some “Good Trouble” this Fall

What a notorious year 2020 has been, one we will all remember for how it has turned our lives upside down. The word “notorious” is actually a perfect word for this year as it is one of those vague words, like “interesting”, which can evoke both positive and negative sentiments.  As Merriam-Webster dictionary describes, “Although ...

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Echoes of Patriarchy in our Climate Crisis

Posted by on Sep 18, 2020

As some of the worst climate wildfires we’ve ever seen rage through California, Oregon, and Washington right now, we’re feeling called to pause and reflect as people of faith.  As we’ve continued trekking along and inviting others to join us on this journey, we’ve heard reverberations of the same theme: I care about the Girl ...

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