However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph
In However Long the Night, Aimee Molloy tells the unlikely and inspiring story of Molly Melching, an American woman whose experience as an exchange student in Senegal led her to found Tostan and dedicate almost four decades of her life to the girls and women of Africa.
This moving biography details Melching's beginnings at the University of Dakar and follows her journey of 40 years in Africa, where she became a social entrepreneur and one of humanity's strongest voices for the rights of girls and women.
Inspirational and beautifully written, However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph is a passionate entreaty for all global citizens. This book is published in partnership with the Skoll Foundation, dedicated to accelerating innovations from organizations like Tostan that address the world's most pressing problems.
said. “I’m going to beat him up.” “No, Dad, don’t. He didn’t end up raping me. I just wanted to tell you.” Ann was mostly silent during the conversation, but a few days later Molly received a letter from her mother. “Someone who has not suffered cannot live life in all its fullest, Molly,” Ann wrote. “I would never want you to hide and be afraid and sit within your four walls. You go right on meeting life head on and do the best you can when you meet its vices and its virtues. … Somehow, as bad
Molly had, throughout her life, wanted perhaps more than anything else: a daughter, Anna Zoé Williams. IN 1987, WHEN ANNA ZOÉ—or Zoé as everyone came to call her—turned two years old, Molly took a part-time consultancy position with USAID to evaluate a literacy program being implemented in 242 centers throughout Senegal. What she learned surprised and disheartened her. Sitting in dozens of classes, she discovered that few villagers remained enrolled for long, and the ones who continued to attend
single, comprehensive, and internationally binding instrument to eliminate discrimination against women. Five years later, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women was adopted. The CEDAW, as the convention became known, went into effect on September 2, 1981, faster than any previous human rights convention. It focused on three key areas: civil rights and the legal status of women, including a woman’s right to vote, hold public office, and be free of
“Has something happened? is there a funeral today we weren’t told of?” she asked. Maimouna shook her head in confusion and looked at Molly for a possible explanation, but she was as bewildered as the rest of the group. She had, of course, called ahead to give notice that the women were coming to discuss their recent decision. “I distinctly remember the sinking feeling I had at that point,” Molly says. “I’d expected a celebration and much joy from people, happy to see their relatives, who’d made
Seedo Abbas. In a near state of disbelief, Molly invited the coordinators from all regions of Senegal to come and witness this historic declaration. When she arrived in Seedo Abbas on the morning of the declaration, nearly 1,500 people had already gathered. Ourèye was among them, basking in the moment—one she could have never imagined as a child. “You see, Molly, when you chose Tostan as the name of the organization, you probably had no idea just how far this would spread.” She smiled. “I am one