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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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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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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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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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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