However Long the Night: One American Woman's Enduring Mission to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph

Front Cover
HarperCollins, Apr 16, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
34 Reviews

The story of how one of the "most powerful women in women's rights" (Forbes)is paving the way to a world with human dignity for all.

However Long the Night is the extraordinary story of one woman's determination to create a movement toward change, and a better future, for millions of girls and women across Africa. Molly Melching grew up in the Midwest but was called to explore the world outside her hometown when she arrived in Senegal in 1974. There, she quickly grew invested in the fate of the Senegalese women she met. Based on her experiences living in a remote African village, she founded Tostan, an organization dedicated to empowering African communities by using democracy and human-rights-based education to promote relationships built upon dignity, equality, and respect. She forever changed her life and the lives of those touched by Tostan.

Unlike many Western organizations that have tried to transform various African cultures from the outside, Melching, who was named as one of the "150 women who shake the world" by Newsweek and Daily Beast, understands that true change comes only from within. 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.

However Long the Night brings together Melching's riveting personal journey with the stories of the Senegalese women and men who found the courage to lead this movement. This book is a testament to the fact that the connections between women can lead to a better world.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
13
4 stars
13
3 stars
6
2 stars
0
1 star
2

Review: However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph

User Review  - Carolyn Crocker - Goodreads

Molly Melching's story provides an inspiring model for the way foreign aid should work. Ask people what they want, listen to them, provide them tools to achieve their goals. Female genital cutting is ... Read full review

Review: However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph

User Review  - Barbara - Goodreads

It's hard to convey how excited this book makes me. It's about Tostan, an organization designed to foster adult literacy in Senegal. They began with Paolo Friere-like ideas about respecting their ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Aimee Molloy has collaborated on seven books, including Maziar Bahari's Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival and Pam Cope's Jantsen's Gift: A True Story of Grief, Rescue, and Grace. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.

Bibliographic information