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Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe

by Ritu Sharma
 

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ISBN-10: 1137278587

ISBN-13: 9781137278586

Pub. Date: 06/10/2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

As the old axiom goes: "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime." But teach a woman to fish, and everyone eats for a lifetime. In this firsthand account, Ritu Sharma shares how women can, and are, overcoming the forces that keep them in poverty. She chronicles her travels through four

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As the old axiom goes: "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime." But teach a woman to fish, and everyone eats for a lifetime. In this firsthand account, Ritu Sharma shares how women can, and are, overcoming the forces that keep them in poverty. She chronicles her travels through four countries—Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso, Honduras, and Nicaragua—and the intimate interactions she had with the women living there. Sharma's story not only details her experiences, but also looks at the broader systems that prevent women from leaving poverty behind. From lack of property rights and government corruption to the scarcity of basic infrastructure like roads, these women are restricted by the external limitations placed upon them. Sharma draws from her experiences to frame a larger exploration of how Americans can be instrumental in helping women break free of restrictive systems and begin to facilitate women's upward mobility. Written in her engaging personal voice, Teach a Woman to Fish provides an insider's look at women in poverty, how Washington works, and how change really happens—from the United States to the rest of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137278586
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/10/2014
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
537,149
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments,
Introduction,
PART 1: SRI LANKA,
1: Tsunami Morning,
2: After the Waves,
3: Fair Share for Women,
4: Upali,
5: Irangani,
6: Home Made,
7: The Maid Trade,
8: The Rule of Men,
9: Proud to Be an American,
10: The Tsunami Women's Network,
11: Show Me the Money,
12: Two Cups of D,
13: The Women's Empowerment Principles,
14: Life in the Zone,
15: Mr. Bush Goes to Washington,
16: What Women Want,
17: CEO, Poverty Reduction, Inc.,
18: The Gender Policy,
19: Pulling the Plug,
20: Living on a Dollar a Day in Sri Lanka,
21: What You Can Do for Sri Lanka,
PART 2: HONDURAS AND NICARAGUA,
22: Smell the Coffee,
23: What's in Your Coffee?,
24: Uphill Climb,
25: Fools No More,
26: Taste of Victory,
27: The Farmer and Her Husband,
28: Purchase for Progress,
29: Helping Women, One Million at a Time,
30: Sylvia,
31: Beautiful Cheese,
32: Carmen,
33: Facing the Facts,
34: Bigger and Better—The International Violence Against Women Act,
35: Legislative Labyrinth,
36: Turning Tables,
37: Good Always Triumphs,
38: New Life,
39: Living on a Dollar a Day in Nicaragua,
40: What You Can Do for Honduras and Nicaragua,
PART 3: BURKINA FASO,
41: School Girls,
42: Red Dirt,
43: A BRIGHT Idea,
44: Food First,
45: Penny Wise and Ton Foolish,
46: Kaya Girls Center,
47: The Girl in the Red Shirt,
48: MCA 3.0,
49: Law Zero-Three-Four,
50: Devilish Details,
51: Marry Me,
52: USAID Forward,
53: Living on a Dollar a Day in Burkina Faso,
54: Celebration,
55: What You Can Do for Burkina Faso,
Notes,
Index,

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