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.

Shalom,

Carol Leland

GWP Steering Committee Member

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