Friday, May 10, 2013

Molly Melching Interviewed on PBS NewsHour

However Long the Night By Aimee MolloyMolly Melching, the central focus of Aimee Molloy’s However Long the Night: Molly Melching’s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph, gave a wonderful interview last night on PBS NewsHour. In the segment, Melching speaks about her collaboration with Senegalese locals to create the remarkably successful Tostan, a democracy and human-rights-based education initiative to promote relationships built upon dignity, equality, and respect.
Unlike many Western organizations of the past that have tried to transform African cultures from the outside, Molly Melching and Tostan’s philosophy is to work within a community, allowing people to make major changes to their culture of their own volition with the understanding that true change must come from within—a wonderful lesson for students looking to make social change anywhere in the world.
Tostan's groundbreaking strategies have led to better education for the women of rural Africa, improved health care, a decrease in child/forced marriage, and declarations by thousands of African communities to abandon the centuries-old practice of female genital cutting.
If you would like to check out the full interview, please click here.

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