School started last week. After a long, care free summer my two girls happily stepped on the bus to start 3rd and 5th grade.
But how different is the life of so many other young girls (and boys) around the world.
Even though, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26, “(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages.”…
…61 million children of primary school age (6-11 years, my daughters age) and 60 millions children of lower secondary school age (12-14 years) are out of school.
The main obstacles to education are gender, location, and poverty.
While there have been improvements in the last two decades, girls are still more likely to never set foot in the classroom than boys. 15 million girls, in comparison to 10 million boys, will never receive an education. Nine million of these girls live in sub-Saharan Africa.
35% of kids who don’t receive elementary education live in areas of armed conflict, where education is not available or the risk to go to school is simply too great.
(see “263 Million children and youth are out of school from primary to upper secondary”, UNESCO office in Santiago, 07.15.2016)
Many organizations have recognized that girls’ education lifts families out of poverty and benefits the whole society.
That’s why Global Women’s Project supports projects like
Shifting Ideas Through Education for African Women (SITEAW) in Uganda.
We thank you for your continued support in giving opportunities to girls, women, and families around the world.
Anke Pietsch
GWP Steering Committee
[Note: We are working diligently in conjunction with the Church of the Brethren staff to insure an accurate reflection of donations and individual donors. Thank you for your patience and support. ]

Annual Conference Highlights

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Thank you to all who visited the Global Women’s’ project booth during our time at Annual Conference.  We are grateful for supportive conversations and questions regarding GWP.  A special thank you to Pearl Miller, former GWP Steering Committee member for sharing her time and talents at our booth.

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Carol Leland

GWP Steering Committee Member


June eLinks

Friends of Global Women’s Project,


Visit the GWP Booth at Annual Conference

For those of you attending the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference June 29 – July 3 in Greensboro, North Carolina, please visit the Global Women’s Project booth! We’d be delighted to see you there!

Recent Inspiration
I recently watched the PBS film, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women WorldwideI had read the book, Half the Sky, a few years ago. I recommend both the movie and the book. The stories of women around the world are not always easy to watch or read about, but I think it’s important for us to be informed. By being informed, we can also be inspired to act.
Call to Action

What is your call to action? Are you taxing yourself on a luxury of yours and donating the money to Global Women’s Project or another organization? Are you volunteering your time? Sometimes it’s easy to feel ashamed that we’re not doing more. If that feeling moves you to act, great! If it causes you to feel bad about yourself, I don’t think that’s good at all. We can’t do everything we want to do, but we can do something. Maybe you’re feeling pinched financially. In that case, don’t underestimate the value of your time. Right now, for instance, I’m volunteering my time to be on the Global Women’s Project Steering Committee. I feel so good about supporting an organization – and issues – that I have passion for. And if you don’t have the feeling of abundant time, don’t underestimate the value of your money. The value of a few dollars can go far. (We welcome your donations anytime to: Global Women’s Project, c/o Church of the Brethren General Office, 1451 Dundee Ave, Elgin, IL 60120. Write checks to GWP.)

Where are your passions? What is your call to action?


I hope you enjoy this summer and find time to nurture your passions, support great causes, and relax some, too!
Global Women’s Project Steering Committee


Thank you to all of you who honored Mothers and Mother figures in your life with a donation to Global Women’s Project for Mother’s Day.  Over $3000.00 was raised in order to support the mission of educating about wealth, power and oppression, encouraging one another to live more simply, being mindful of our luxuries, and joining in empowerment with women around the world, sharing resources with women’s initiatives.
If you will be attending the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in North Carolina, please check out our booth in the expo hall!
Global Women’s Project is currently supporting projects in 5 countries with grants: India, Rwanda, South Sudan, the United States (in Wabash, IN), and Uganda.  It is amazing to see how far donated funds can go in the hands of dedicated people who are working together to empower women!  As some of us here have been planting our gardens for the summer, we think of women around the world who are growing good things, whether it be food, clothes, or other items, in order to grow the empowerment of women and the good of their families and communities!


Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and Global Women‘s Project is excited to kick off our annual Mother’s Day Gratitude Project, an opportunity for you to honor a woman you know and love by celebrating and supporting women around the world. Rather than buying more material gifts for your loved one, express your gratitude with a gift that keeps on giving. Your donation allows us to fund women-led projects in Indiana, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and India 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, mail your donation to:
Global Women‘s Project
c/o Emily Matteson
1405 Ashwood Drive
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: https://globalwomensproject.wordpress.com. Gratitude cards will be mailed in time for Mother’s Day if you send your request to Emily by May 3rd, 2016. After the 3rd, she will mail them as soon as she receives them.
Thank you to everyone who used our Lenten Calendar this year! We hope that through your Lenten Calendar readings you have gained inspiration, insights, and information about the realities of women and girls around the world, about our partner projects created in response to these realities, and about your opportunities for personal reflection and action. 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 works for you. Contributions from your Lenten Calendar can be sent to:
Global Women‘s Project
Church of the Brethren
1451 Dundee Ave
Elgin, IL 60120
The GWP Steering Committee held our March in-person meeting in Harrisonburg, Virginia this year at the lovely home of Carol Leland. Special thanks to the Linville Creek Church of the Brethren for letting us join you for worship on Sunday! During the weekend we welcomed new steering committee member Carla Kilgore, and celebrated the three years of service of Pearl Miller, who shared her last meeting with us in Harrisonburg.
Questions on any of the items you read about in this email? Send us an email, we’d love to hear from you!
GWP Steering Committee

Each year, people around the world celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 to call attention to women’s achievements as well as to acknowledge their continuing challenges.  Note that our website contains a rich bank of resources (meditations, litanies, liturgies, prayers) for you that you can access using the International Women’s Day link from this page.  Global Women’s Project encourages you to take the IWD celebration to your faith communities, share the resources in small groups of gathered women, or use them for your own personal meditation!

We offer one prayer here:

Prayer of Blessing in Honor of Women by Erin Matteson

God of Sarah and Hagar, Naomi and Ruth, Esther and Deborah,

God of Mary and Elizabeth, Mary and Martha, Mary Magdalene, Lydia, and all the unnamed women of scripture,

as you anointed these women with the oil of faith and calling, so anoint women everywhere.

as you blessed these women with finding the courage and strength, persistence and perseverance within them, so bless women everywhere. 

as you transformed the world through the vision and work of these women, continue to transform the world through the vision and work of good women everywhere. 

From California to Florida, from Chile to Uganda, may women continue to form and build community in ways that birth justice, love and peace among us.

In gestation and through the laboring, keep them focused, strong, steadfast and unwavering.

God, bless the women who continue to work tirelessly, often unnoticed, but full of beauty and power, for all manner of good.

Continue to make them vessels of your sustenance; instruments of your peace; an inspiration to all. Amen

Blessings to you this International Women’s Day,

Global Women’s Project Steering Committee

Dear Friends of Global Women’s Project,
It’s hard for me to believe the season of Lent is upon us again. As I prepare for the season, I’m grateful for the Lenten calendar that brings my attention each day to issues of wealth and privilege and to our global neighbors — specifically women. I find it such a great resource for my personal reflection. If you have our calendar, now is the time to get it out. Begin with day one tomorrow, Ash Wednesday.
Would you like to receive our Lenten calendar – at no cost to you? If so, you have two options:
  1. Send an email to cobgwp@gmail.com and request that we mail a paper copy to you. Be sure to include your name and address. You may also request multiple copies to share with others in your family or community.
  2. Email us at cobgwp@gmail.com and request to be added to our daily Lenten calendar email list. You’ll get one page emailed to you each day during the season of Lent.Do it today; Lent starts tomorrow!
I would also like to add a reminder that International Women’s Day is coming soon: March 8. We invite you to celebrate International Women’s Day in your faith community some Sunday in March. Talk to your pastor or worship committee to begin planning now.
The Global Women’s Project website has International Women’s Day worship resources on our website. Check them out here. We hope these resources help you (or your worship planners) plan a meaningful worship.
May you all find yourself rich in all kinds of resources to sustain you during this Lenten season.
Blessings to you all,
Tina Rieman
Global Women’s Project Steering Committee Member