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However Long the Night

However Long the Night

"However Long the Night"



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In However Long the Night, 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.This moving biography details Melching’s beginnings at the University of Dakar and follows her journey of 40 years in Africa, where she became a social entrepreneur and one of humanity’s strongest voices for the rights of girls and women.Inspirational and beautifully written, However Long the Night: Molly Melching’s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph is a passionate entreaty for all global citizens. This book is published in partnership with the Skoll Foundation, dedicated to accelerating innovations from organizations like Tostan that address the world’s most pressing problems.
Hillary Rodham Clinton

“Molly Melching saw a deeply disturbing but deeply entrenched practice and refused to accept that it couldn’t be stopped. By working with entire communities in a true spirit of respect, she helped empower women and girls to end female genital cutting and to promote dignity and equality. Her relentless efforts are proof that commitment and partnership can drive transformational change.”
—Hillary Rodham Clinton

Former President Jimmy Carter

“However Long the Night is a vivid description of how religious and traditional leaders can play a unique role in advancing women’s rights. The story of Molly Melching and Tostan proves that determined and loving individuals can accomplish the seemingly impossible – abandonment of a harmful tradition that is thousands of years old.”
—Former President Jimmy Carter

Marianne Williamson

“There is no way to overestimate the gift that Tostan and its leader, Molly Melching, have given to the world. The amount of suffering they have alleviated is beyond anything we can gauge. What a story, what a power, and what a blessing.”
—Marianne Williamson

About the Author

Aimee Molloy

Aimee Molloy has collaborated on seven books, including with Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari, on Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, and Jantsen’s Gift, A True Story of Grief, Rescue and Grace, with Pam Cope. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University and a Master’s Degree from NYU. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.


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