Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
It has been nine years since Koffi Annan, then the UN Secretary-General, made the statement at the Fifth World Congress on Women that the future of our planet depends upon women.
Much progress has been made towards the realization of the United Nations 3rd Millennium Development Goal to “promote gender equality and empower women,” but so much more still needs to be done.
For several years I have followed New York Times columnist, Nick Kristof, as he travels the world, often at great personal risk, shedding light upon the overwhelming challenges that women throughout the globe continue to face. Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, both Pulitzer Prize winning journalists and authors of two previous books, are about to release their much anticipated Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
Women hold up half the sky – Chinese Proverb
As Kristof says, “We wrote a book devoted to women in the developing world because, if you want to fight poverty and extremism, you need to educate and empower women and bring them into the economy. A country can’t grow and be stable if half the population is marginalized.
The reviews of Kristof and WuDunn’s book suggest that it will enlighten, but also inspire readers. Their book tells the inspiring stories of brave women who have overcome the most terrible circumstances to set their lives on a bright new path.
Once inspired, then what?
I have chosen to accept the invitation extended by Mercy Corps to activate this inspiration into action.
If you’re interested in joining Mercy Corps in an unprecedented endeavor to provide women with the training, financial resources and education needed to raise their families and communities out of hunger, please consider reading “Half the Sky” and hosting a fundraising event. Mercy Corps will send you all the information you need to host a successful event, whether it’s a campaign set up on your Facebook page or hosting an informal luncheon. Visit OneTable on the Mercy Corps website for details.
Together, we can help women around the world use their own ideas and energy to lift their families out of poverty. Click on the book image to the left to pre-order the book, which will be released September 8, 2009.