Thursday, July 1, 2010

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Looking for a good book to read this summer?

Check out "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

The two New York Times journalists argue the case for investing in the health and autonomy of women worldwide. According to them, more girls have been killed in the last fifty years than men were killed in all the wars of the twentieth century.

Killed mainly due to their gender, Kristof and WuDunn detail a gendercide in the developing world, focused mainly on India and Pakistan. Their argument is that countries like Pakistan can not climb out of poverty if only 9% of women are part of the labor force. Local women are declared the most effective in bringing change to these countries and to improving the standards of living to their families and their communities.

"While the title might suggest a kind of call to feminists... the book is anything but. The book emphasizes international human rights atrocities that are often overlooked while also offering an in depth analysis on how you, the reader, can evoke change."
- Tatsiana Kulakevich, Humanus President.

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