In His image and likeness, He created them; male & female He created them (Gen 1:27). Men and women were created equal but “gender inequality remains a major barrier to human development… The disadvantages facing women and girls are a major source of inequality. 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” (United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Reports).
In a world where women typically struggle to be heard or are faced with challenges from raising a family or reaching great career heights, it can be difficult to make our own contributions to our societies and Church. And as long as women feel overburdened, suppressed and oppressed, the world cannot be a better place. Women hold the key to improved families and societies and a more apostolic Church.
Pope St. John Paul II also affirms this when he wrote “when women are able fully to share their gifts with the whole community, the very way in which society understands and organizes itself is improved” and “this is a recognition of the unique role which women have in humanizing society and directing it towards the positive goals of solidarity and peace” (Letter of Pope John Paul II to Women, 1995).
Bridget-Marie Centre is a research and educational organisation that promotes women’s well-being and development using the New Eve Method (NEM). NEM is a natural human ecology model created by Bridget-Marie Ayinke Osho after extensive practice and research into factors that influence women’s health and well-being. It is rooted in theology and based on the premise that having healthy pregnancies, healthy families and great careers require an approach that covers not just our bodies, but our emotions, our mind, our soul & our environment.
Meet the Founder
Bridget-Marie Ayinke Osho is a social researcher with over 18 years of experience in studying the relationship between the environment and health. Her studies have included the socio-economic & environmental determinants for malaria and respiratory disease.
She was born in Africa into a Catholic family. Several years ago when she lost a pregnancy in a stillbirth and the doctors couldn’t explain why it happened, she began to explore a more natural approach for a healthy conception & pregnancy. Her interest led her to qualify as a holistic fertility therapist and to carry out social research into women and fertility.
She has since spent the past several years studying socio-economic and environmental factors that affect the women and their fertility. As a holistic fertility therapist, she has worked with thousands of women and has deep understanding and insight into the challenges, resilience and circumstances of women from different parts of the world. This led to the development of the New Eve Method.
Bridget-Marie has taught the New Eve Method to countless women over the world to help them improve their health, well-being and careers. She has also written several and self-published books on the subject.
“Despite social and technological advancements, women still struggle to reach their full potential in their families and society. And yet it is very important and urgent that we truly live our best lives because the world needs our special genius. The best way to do this is by becoming the women God created us to be i.e. becoming new Eves” (Bridget-Marie Ayinke Osho, 201).