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.

Amazed. Inspired. Grateful. That’s how your generosity makes us feel!!!

The Global Women’s Project Steering Committee remains blessed and thankful for your practicing generosity to the support of Global Women’s projects and our partners.

Practicing gratitude is a powerful tool; please join us in giving thanks this season for women around the world, and the continual work of those who offer care and empowerment and hope.

Carol Leland

GWP Steering Committee

 We’d like to share the following Thanksgiving side dish idea with you!

Simple Indian Pulav:

1 1/2 cup long grain basmati rice (soak in double the amount of water for 15 minutes)
1 1/2 cups vegetable of choice (I used carrots and peas)
1/2 cup onion (thinly sliced)
2 tablespoon ghee
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 dry bay leaves
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
4-5 cloves
1 cinnamon stick

Drain soaking water from rice. Set aside.
Heat ghee in a pot of large pan with lid.
Add cumin seeds and other whole spiced. As they sputter add onion.  Saute on medium  high heat until light golden.
Add vegetables and salt. Saute for 3-4 minutes on medium heat.
Add rice. Stir to coat the rice with ghee. Add 2 1/2 cups water. Bring it to a quick boil on high. Turn the heat to low. Cover and let simmer until rice is cooked.
Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Can add raisins, slivered almonds, cashews or other nuts of choice as garnish. Fry the nuts or dried fruits in ghee before garnishing.


Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, Elgin, Illinois, welcomed the Global Women’s Project Steering Committee for their annual fall meeting. Our thanks to Jeanne Davies, interim pastor, for acting as our gracious host liaison and to Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford for beautifully integrating the message of GWP into the worship service.

We were privileged to participate in both the Saturday evening community outreach meal and youth group Sunday fundraiser. It is always an important part of our semi-annual weekend meetings to spend time with the local congregations, sharing in meals, conversations and worship. To all those who provided assistance: bed and breakfast hosts, meal providers and servers, and Church of the Brethren office staff, we are grateful.  A bonus for Sunday:  Jacki Hartley, Peg Lehman and Wendy McFadden, former Steering Committee members joined us for a group picture!  Would your church or community like to host a weekend Steering Committee meeting?

The reports from projects are always in focus at our meetings, whether semi-annual face-to-face or monthly conference call.  GWP shares resources with women’s initiatives that serve to empower women in their own communities. We are open to exploring new possibilities to partner with small, women-led projects that lead to economic, educational, life-sustaining benefits for their families and communities.

Another focus of our September meeting was communication. How can we best keep connected: Newsletter, Facebook, Emailings, conferences, something new?  Be in touch and share your ideas.

We are grateful for your insights, your support of GWP, and your deep concern for the world’s women.

Pearl Miller for GWP Steering Committee

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.


Carol Leland

GWP Steering Committee Member

This time of year, children all over the country are going back to school.

And while I am getting my own daughters ready by waking them up earlier, buying school supplies, and meeting their new teachers, I can’t help but be thankful for this wonderful opportunity and privilege they have.
One in ten children worldwide do not have access to primary school.
While it is known that education transforms and breaks the cycle of poverty, there are many barriers to school enrollment and completion:
Unaffordable costs – Even when primary education is free, costs like school uniforms, supplies, textbooks, teacher salaries, and school maintenance often prevents regular attendance.
Shortage of classrooms – In some rural areas children travel two or three hours to attend school in overcrowded classrooms that barely meet minimal standards of learning.
Humanitarian emergencies, especially conflicts – 40 percent of out-of-school children live in conflict-affected poor countries but only 2 percent of humanitarian aid goes to education. Education can save lives in emergency situations, and a safe school environment can give a much needed sense of normalcy and stability in a crisis.
Gender discrimination – Many countries undervalue girls’ education. As a result, two-thirds of illiterate adults are women. Girls face more hurdles to school attendance, like household chores, child marriage, early pregnancy, unsafe travel conditions and lack of sanitary facilities in schools. While the gender gap is closing in primary education, there has been limited progress in secondary schools.
Child labor – Poverty and vulnerability pushes many children into the work force, often exposing them to the worst forms of labor. Some manage to continue their education, but the double responsibility is to their disadvantage and prohibits their chance to leave the cycle of poverty.
As education has been proven to be a major force of development to break the cycle of poverty, many projects that Global Women’s Project supports help with education in order to improve lives. Education for girls is especially important. An educated mother will make sure her children will go and stay in school. Through your generous gifts, GWP works to make education for girls a priority.

On a different note, we will have our semi-annual GWP Steering Committee meeting from the 25th till the 27th of September 2015 in Elgin, IL. On Sunday, the 27th,  we will be celebrating worship with the Highland Church of the Brethren and would love for you to join us.
Anke Pietsch
GWP Steering Committee
“Love is something if you give it away, you end up having more!”
How many of you have sung these words as part of the “Magic Penny” song at a summer camp? This catchy tune has been on repeat in my mind lately as I think about Global Women’s Project and the generosity of our donors.

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.

You give generously to GWP, GWP gives to women-led projects doing powerful work in their communities, and then women around the world end up having more – more education, more opportunities, and more empowering lives.
Emily Matteson
GWP Steering Committee

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,

Carol Leland

GWP Steering Committee


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