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On Molly Melching and "However Long the Night"

On Molly Melching and "However Long the Night" | African News | Scoop.it
Melinda Gates reviews "However Long the Night," by Aimee Molloy, which tells Molly Melching's story and the story of the Senegalese communities where she works.
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The first time I met Molly Melching, the founder of an organization called Tostan, we were driving through the countryside in Senegal on our way to Kolma Peulh, one of more than 1,000 villages in Senegal that no longer practice female genital cutting because of the innovative work Molly and Tostan have been doing with the locals for years.

 

Molly spent an hour telling me about her life and her approach, which is based on two things: deep, deep engagement with local communities, and the concept of basic human rights as the starting point for any intervention. Her personal story was inspiring. Her ideas were thoughtful. When we arrived in Koma Peulh, I saw everything she’d been telling me about with my own eyes, and it was incredible. With Molly’s help, the community had created a new vocabulary for talking about the most important issues they face, and they were using it to make all sorts of improvements to their lives.  I have not thought the same way about the work I do at the Gates Foundation since that day.

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earthdog58's comment, March 21, 2014 2:05 AM
This is a wonderful story of how courageous compassion can change the lives of women and girls; and can make a whole community look at itself and question everything about itself.
earthdog58's comment, March 21, 2014 2:14 AM
As Melinda Gates says in the article: "The solution is the people who live in these communities, and their drive to make the future better than the past." This is a story that makes me, at one and the same time, feel bad about myself (for not doing more, for not being a better person) and incredibly optimistic about the future. Cheered by the thought that for every act of primitive, evil stupidity there is an act of kindness, of compassion. More than one for one - for as a species, overall, we are surely better than the worst of us. The chief of Koma Peulh - a man who can not in himself be a bad person, just misguided - says a wonderful thing: [there is nothing] as bad as nearsightedness of the heart". This article has made me cry and smile.
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Congolese surgeon awarded civil courage prize

Congolese surgeon awarded civil courage prize | African News | Scoop.it
Denis Mukwege received prize for his work treating tens of thousands of women who were gang raped in war-torn Congo.

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A good story coming out of an awful one.

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Birth advice by text message: Phone medicine saving lives in Kenya

Birth advice by text message: Phone medicine saving lives in Kenya | African News | Scoop.it
In one of Kenya's poorest slums a health center is sending life-saving advice to pregnant women.
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Space-age technology could help cut maternal deaths

Space-age technology could help cut maternal deaths | African News | Scoop.it
A half-body suit that is strapped on to a woman's legs and abdomen to slow post-natal bleeding is being used to save lives
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