Molly Melching Helping African Women and Girls

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Molly Melching talks about her experience as an exchange student in Senegal and how it led her to dedicate almost four decades of her life to the girls and women of Africa. She’s joined by Aimee Molloy, author of the biography However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph, which 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 an advocate for the rights of girls and women.


Molly Melching and Aimee Molloy

Comments [16]


If I may be so bold as to ask: Was it yours or your parents' decision that you get circumcised? What accounted for it?

Jun. 19 2013 05:17 AM

Buggery has claimed FAR more lives than male circumcision...

Jun. 19 2013 05:01 AM


I had it both ways. There is no comparison...

Jun. 11 2013 08:15 AM
tom LI

To sanych - expert? How so?

May. 30 2013 12:52 PM
Amy from Manhattan

When someone outside the family takes a girl for FGC, how can parents not know their daughters have had it done to them? Aren't the daughters in pain? Doesn't it show when they walk?

May. 30 2013 12:37 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Ed, male circumcision (which I'm agnostic about) is very controversial in some circles, with many people considering it a medically unjustified mutilating tradition. Maybe you don't know this (and you don't know that you don't know)...

May. 30 2013 12:32 PM

I am an expert on male circumcision. I am totally for it.

From what I hear there is no such thing as female circumcision.

May. 30 2013 12:27 PM
Eric from North Jersey

As the old adage goes, information is power.

May. 30 2013 12:26 PM
oscar from ny

Babies sometimes get herpes from circumsition when done with mouth...

May. 30 2013 12:24 PM
Amy from Manhattan

If the imam didn't have FGC done on his daughters & knew the Qur'an doesn't mandate it, why didn't he tell the people before this movement started?

I had no idea this practice might have originated w/the pharaohs! What document is it mentioned in?

May. 30 2013 12:24 PM
Ed from Larchmont

In the West no one does this, of course, but we do give women strong steroids that are class-1 carcinogens. Not good either.

May. 30 2013 12:23 PM
Dan from Rahway, nj

Please ask the guests if they feel male circumcision in the west could also be viewed as an unnecessary barbaric practice.

May. 30 2013 12:22 PM
Ed from Larchmont

No, male circumcision isn't mutilation. But the Muslims they are speaking of have a lot of children, big families.

May. 30 2013 12:19 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Isn't "mutilation" the effect, even if it isn't the intention? Even so, I understand that the word is not neutral & that its use wouldn't help to get people who have it done to their daughters to listen to arguments against it/support for stopping it.

May. 30 2013 12:18 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Yes, aren't there people that consider male circumcision "male genital mutilation"?

May. 30 2013 12:12 PM
Ed from Larchmont

All self-mutilation is a bad idea.

May. 30 2013 12:11 PM

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