About the Bridget-Marie Centre
The Bridget-Marie Centre for Women Development (formerly Cherie Mamma) is a Catholic organisation that supports women to transform their families, society and Church by from a place of authentic femininity, by becoming the women God created them to be.
Every woman is unique and has been created with a unique set of skills, abilities and gifts. She has the potential to have a beautiful family and make an impact in her world. God created her to be fruitful & multiply, fill the earth & subdue it (Gen 1:28).
However, even though man and woman were created equal in God’s image and likeness (Gen 1:27) “…all too often, women and girls are discriminated against in health, education, political representation, labour market etc. with negative consequences for development of their capabilities and their freedom of choice” (UNDP, Human Development Reports).
At Bridget-Marie Centre, we are committed to providing women with the tools and support they need to have the life that God created them to have. The foundation of our work is that we believe that no feminist theory or action done for and on the behalf of women is complete if it does not take the origin of woman into consideration. This means going back to beginning and looking at creation through the eyes of God who created woman (and man). The more we understand the purpose and the intent for which God created the world and woman in particular, the better we can help women to fulfil their potential and take their rightful place in the world.
We also believe that supporting women goes beyond creating a better social & economic environment for them. This is often the focus of governments & organisations, but these efforts have to be complemented with supporting women to be and create the change that they want to see. It means helping women to tap into a reservoir of potential that they have and the world desperately needs.
A world transformed by empowered women. Women who know their full potential and supported to create healthy families, careers and societies.
To support the transformation of 1 million women through our training programmes.
Founder of the Bridget Marie Centre
Hi! I’m Bridget Marie, a social scientist and I am on a mission to support women from various socio-economic circumstances so that they can have healthy families, successful careers and make significant contributions to their societies.
My journey began with a fascination for health, in particular, its social determinants and health inequalities. For instance, why some people are more vulnerable to disease than others. My earlier work examined the geographical variations and social determinants of diseases such as malaria and respiratory infections. It involved using geographic and spatial data to understand the connection between physical, socio-economic environments and health.
However, after an unexplained stillbirth, my attention was drawn to women health and fertility. I have since investigated the health needs of women in different communities, developed population health profiles, made data driven recommendations for improving women’s health and actively promoted healthy behaviours for better health outcomes.
Alongside my research work, I also qualified as a holistic fertility therapist and worked directly with thousands of women over several years. This experience was very invaluable because it allowed me to understand first-hand the challenges, resilience and opportunities that women from different backgrounds face. My work led to the creation of the New Eve Method and the development of a New Eve Theology.
The New Eve Method
Through my work I discovered that having healthy families and successful careers require an approach that covers not just our bodies, but our emotions, minds, souls & environment. It requires achieving the natural harmony that we were created with from the very beginning. In particular, it requires truly understanding who the woman is, how she came to be and how she can be supported to achieve her full potential. This led to the development of The New Eve Method and a New Eve Theology.
The New Eve Theology adopts a natural human ecology approach rooted in Biblical principles. It explores the development of women through different socio-economic & environmental circumstances so that they can have the healthy families & successful careers that they were created to have. Through the New Eve Theology, I am able to push the boundaries of the social sciences, to look beyond societal and human realities and explore the world as seen by its Divine Creator.
The New Eve Method is based on the New Eve Theology and provides the practical format for teaching and supporting women to have healthy families and careers so that they can truly live their best lives.
The New Eve Method is made up of 5 steps:
This goes to the foundation of who the woman is; a creation who needs to be in unity with her Creator. This is often ignored by health & development strategies because it acknowledges religion. However, the reality is that everyone has some beliefs about how they came to be and this often influences how they view themselves and the world around them. When this step is skipped, all individual efforts rests in a vacuum. When women strive to connect to their Creator, they draw on a strength that informs their choices, actions and subsequently their circumstances. The New Eve Union encourages them to connect or re-connect with their creator in a way that is special to them.
This is a standalone step but it also works hand in hand with the New Eve Union. It involves identifying beliefs about themselves & the world around them that do not serve them, but which instead pose emotional and mental blocks that keep them from fulfilling their potential. It requires replacing these beliefs with strong positive messages and beliefs. Again, when this step is skipped, health & development practices struggle to take root for good results.
This step looks at dietary practices which varies from community to community. It involves working with members of each community to integrate healthy natural food choices into their customary diets. No health or development initiative is complete without healthy nutrition.
Every woman has both her daily and monthly rhythms; both of which are essential to her reproductive and overall health. Helping women to identify their unique rhythms and boosting them makes an immense difference to their heath, fertility and productivity.