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Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof
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Mar 20, 12

bookshelves: africa, asia, politics, spring-2012, medical, non-fiction, feminism
Read from March 19 to 20, 2012

The ineqality of women in some parts of the world is just staggering. Young girls are sold or kidnapped, and brought to brothels as sex slaves, often exposing them to AIDS. Maternal health care is lacking in many areas resulting in internal injuries such as fistulas, and often death. There is little or no education for girls in some countries. Women are raped--and then they are beaten or killed for dishonoring their family.

The authors tell the stories of actual people who have undergone these unfortunate events. The women's courage and resilience is inspiring. They also tell about organizations and individuals helping women with clinics, schools, rescues, cultural education, job training, and microfinance operations. Grassroots efforts against female genital mutilation is helping. Iodizing salt is helping to prevent mental retardation. Television is bringing new ideas into isolated villages showing that the modern way is for women to hold jobs, be able to come and go freely, and be treated better. Statistics are also given in the book--and the number of women subjected to horrible situations is shocking.

This is a well-researched book by two Pulitzer Prize winning journalists. It will open the eyes of the reader to the injustices done to women in developing countries.
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