An Equal Chance for Girls and Women

An Equal Chance for Girls and Women

by Judith Anderson, Christian Aid Staff

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
This stunning exploration of gender equality is part of the "Working for Our World" series. In 2000, the United Nations took on some of the world's most serious problems and announced the eight Millennium Development Goals. The "Working for Our World" series addresses the goals by showing the life situations of real children. In this case, the book focuses on girls who are kept from schools and jobs by their countries' laws or traditions. While the topic is depressing, the book is hopeful. The author tracks children who have found help. Anderson uses direct, easy-to-read language and highlights individuals and groups that take practical approaches to gender equality. For example, when the Taliban took over the government in Yalda's country, she did not stay home. "Yalda was lucky," Anderson explains, "Her father wanted her to have a good education, despite the Taliban government's view that girls should not go out to school. He suggested she cut her hair and go to school with the boys! Yalda did this for four years." The colorful photos and direct quotes from children bring the people and their issues up close. And that personal touch is the strongest recommendation of these books. It is hard to relate to problems of people who live a world away. But by using real stories, about real children from many places in the world, Anderson brings these issues and possible solutions home. Backmatter includes a glossary, a list of websites and an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen

Product Details

Sea to Sea Publications
Publication date:
Working for Our Future Series
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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