Start: 7:30 pm
Molly Melching Tuesday, May 7, 7:30 p.m. However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph by Aimee Molloy 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. Molly Melching is a recipient of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize and “one of the most powerful women in women’s rights” (Forbes, 2011). Molly moved to Senegal from the Midwest as a graduate student and founded Tostan, an organization dedicated to bringing groundbreaking, “community-led” changes to education and women’s health throughout Africa. Her innovative approach has been integrated into the strategies of several UN agencies and African governments, and her work has been lauded by the likes of UNICEF, the Clintons, and Skoll Foundation president/founder Jeff Skoll. Molly’s humanitarian efforts are ongoing today, as she continues to address a wide range of Africa’s most pressing needs, from increased education of women to enhanced health care to a significant reduction in Female Genital Cutting.