Rooted in the Church of the Brethren, GWP seeks to educate about wealth, power and oppression, encouraging one another to live more simply, being mindful of our luxuries, and join in empowerment with women around the world, sharing resources with women’s initiatives. Read more about GWP and our founding in 1978.
Women throughout the world face challenges that are incomprehensible for many of us. Some walk many hours every day just to get water for their families. Others spend their nights hiding from bomb attacks in caves with their children. Many suffer repeated physical and emotional abuse with few opportunities to receive help.
Gender equality is a human right. Women are entitled to live with dignity and with freedom from want and from fear. Gender equality is also a precondition for advancing development and reducing poverty: Empowered women contribute to the health and productivity of whole families and communities, and they improve prospects for the next generation. – See more at: http://www.unfpa.org/gender-equality#sthash.8scAlaow.dpuf
Each of us is incredibly powerful. We each have the ability to change our lives and influence the lives of others within and beyond our own time.
Global Women’s Project invites all women to live in solidarity with women around the world and seeks to empower women and girls in their own communities in living a life of dignity and respect.
Global Women’s Project is meeting this weekend, Sept. 25th-27, in Elgin Illinois for our semi-annual in person meeting.We are discussing the work of GWP and offering shared discernment of our woman’s projects around the world as well as within the United States. We covet your thoughts as we review project updates, discuss donations and the stewardship of what has been generously contributed to GWP. If you are in the area, we will be worshipping with the Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren on Sunday and would love to see you there!
Gratitude is said to be the “highest” possible emotion we can experience, it is an experience of love. The Global Women’s Project Steering Committee experiences gratitude for your care and support. We dwell in it and allow it to nourish our spirits.
GWP Steering Committee Member
This time of year, children all over the country are going back to school.
Did you know that in addition to funding our regular partner projects, sometimes we give special one-time grants? If our donations exceed the amount we need to fund our educational resources and our regular projects in Indiana, Rwanda, Uganda, and South Sudan, then we seek out other organizations doing meaningful work for women around the world that we might support with a donation. We’ve recently given donations to the Center for Caring Empowerment and Peace Initiative (CCEPI) in Nigeria and Cultural Academy for Peace in India. While these are currently one-time gifts, they have the potential to turn into new partner projects for us in the future.
How do you help a former captive reclaim her life?
As a mental health therapist, I have asked myself this question over and over as the headlines chronicled the story of the girls captured by Boko Haram. It is the finite question that victims of all forms of trauma must enter into for healing.
What is trauma? Trauma is a medical term and it refers to an injury or wound. In Greek, trauma means wound, injury, and it comes from the verb “titrosko” – to pierce. Thus, the original meaning of trauma is the mark, the injury that is left as a result of the skin being pierced.
Data reports many instances of how those young girls kept hope alive. They maintained hope through social connections to one another. When they were released, many girls would call each other sister even though they weren’t sisters. They had helped each other through, given each other solace, looked out for each other’s safety, shared food.
Trauma is also experiencing the aftermath of earthquakes and the accounts of aftershocks in Nepal which have sent people running into the streets seeking safety.
How does reclaiming one’s life feel in a country devastated by the earth’s quaking?
How is reclaiming one’s life experienced in any situation of trauma, victimization, loss of economic capabilities?
Thousands of articles have been written about trauma survivors and data supports some core understandings:
Reclaiming opportunities for education
Reclaiming stability no matter the environment
Opportunity for sharing their stories
Opportunity to be with others who have a shared experience
The Offering of: Support/Care/Hope
No matter what the traumatic event, we are called to be a community of Support, Care and Hope!!!
Partnering together, Global Women’s Project offers hope in the reclaiming of lives.
Blessings in the journey together,
GWP Steering Committee
MOTHER’S DAY GRATITUDE PROJECT
Spring means Mother’s Day is coming soon! Again this year, GWP offers our annual Mother’s Day Gratitude Project, an opportunity for you to honor a woman you know and love by celebrating and supporting mothers around the world. Rather than buying more material gifts for your loved one, express your gratitude with a gift that helps other women around the world. Your donation allows us to fund projects focused on women’s health, education, and employment. In return, your chosen recipient(s) will receive a lovely, hand-written card indicating that a gift has been made in her honor, with a brief description of GWP.
To participate in the Mother’s Day Gratitude Project, send a donation to:
Global Women’s Project
c/o Emily Matteson
1405 Ashwood Dr.
Modesto, CA 95350
Remember to include your name(s) and recipient’s name and address. You may also make memorial donations, which will be honored on our website: www.globalwomensproject.org. Gratitude cards will be mailed in time for Mother’s Day if you send your request to Emily by May 1, 2015. After the 1st, she will mail them as soon as she receives them.
This Mother’s Day, share a gift in honor of a woman you know and in honor of women in Indiana, Rwanda, Uganda, Southern Sudan and India, who are improving the lives of women in their communities.
REFLECTING ON OUR LENTEN JOURNEYS
Easter culminated another annual Lenten journey. We hope that through your Lenten Calendar readings you have gained inspiration, insights and information about the realities for women and girls around the world, about the empowerment projects created in response to those realities, and about your opportunities for personal reflection and action. What inspired you? What surprised you? What did you discover from your own activities and “tax collections?” We invite you to share your stories via Facebook, email, letter, or whatever communication medium is important to you. Contributions from your Lenten calendar tally can be sent to:
Global Women’s Project
Church of the Brethren
1451 Dundee Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETS IN MODESTO
March in Modesto! Steering Committee members from colder climes were grateful for a chance to warm up in Modesto, California, for our semi-annual meeting.
Our face-to-face gathering time is spent considering our connections with our partner projects, program planning, budgeting, and sharing and reporting from our work assignments. For 2015 we will continue our partnership with the sewing cooperative in South Sudan, Life is Expensive in Rwanda, Uganda’s SITEAW project, and Growing Grounds in Wabash, IN. We are excited about beginning a new partnership with Cultural Academy for Peace in Kerala, India; a second new project is under consideration.
Connecting with local congregations and communities is an important part of our semi-annual face-to-face gathering. Tina and Pearl visited with folks at the Empire Church of the Brethren during the Sunday School hour, and then we all participated in the worship service planned by Emily and Erin Matteson at the Modesto Church of the Brethren. In the afternoon, nearly 35 participants shared a “round-table” exploration of the question, “What is luxury?”
Special thanks to the Modesto and Empire congregations and to our hosts, the Matteson family, Emily, Erin, Hannah and Russ, for a rich and rewarding weekend!
Kim Hill Smith has completed two terms on the Steering Committee, so this was her final meeting with us. We will miss her wise and gentle presence and her very capable financial leadership! We are grateful, Kim!
GWP Steering Committee