President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation. Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and “owned” by men in others, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, and genital cutting. The most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence.
A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse. President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have visited 145 countries, and The Carter Center has had active projects in more than half of them. Around the world, they have seen inequality rising rapidly with each passing decade. This is true in both rich and poor countries, and among the citizens within them.
Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of courageous women from all regions and all major religions to demonstrate that women around the world, more than half of all human beings, are being denied equal rights. This is an informed and passionate charge about a devastating effect on economic prosperity and unconscionable human suffering. It affects us all.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
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Table of Contents
1 My Childhood 7
2 Commitment to Peace and Women's Rights 13
3 The Bible and Gender Equality 19
4 Full Prisons and Legal Killing 32
5 Sexual Assault and Rape 41
6 Violence and War 52
7 Observations as a Traveler 60
8 Women and the Carter Center 71
9 Learning from Human Rights Heroes 89
10 The Genocide of Girls 114
11 Rape 118
12 Slavery and Prostitution 125
13 Spouse Abuse 142
14 "Honor" Killings 150
15 Genital Cutting 154
16 Child Marriage and Dowry Deaths 158
17 Politics, Pay, and Maternal Health 163
18 The Road to Progress 176
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It is a book that ALL women and men (especially) should read. It had a profound affect on me and my views on war, the death penalty, and the horrific misuse of religion. The person who wrote that President Carter was a "senile old man" did not read this book. The person that said he was "sadly out of touch" also did not read the book. There is not a sane woman alive who desires herself or her female children to be beaten, raped, mutilated, and murdered as described in President Carter's excellent and thoroughly documented book.
Would love to know what the previous reader means by her comments. Does she dispute the facts in Pres. Carter's book about violence against women? So women don't value staying alive, not being raped, etc.?
A very powerful book that both men and women should read and take action through our government and our churches.
This is the book I have been waiting for someone to write. The book I wish I could have written. But I do not own the credentials for authorship. The best thing is, no one can dispute President Carter's authenticity or scream bias: he is an old, white, religious Southern male! How lucky can we gals get!
Excellent book!! I have read it and am now going to pass it to my daughters.
An excellent book. Carter lets us know there is more going on in the world than we realize, and more than is just happening in our own backyards. A must read for anyone that has any feelings whatsoever.
I've seen Mr. Carter on several interview shows; most recently on Charlie Rose. For a man his age, he is still sharp, witty, intelligent and he cares about human beings. It's about time someone of his stature wrote a book about what is going on with women in the 21st century! I'm especially appalled by some nations/religions forcing little girls to undergo the torture of genital mutilation! Not to mention the rapes, kidnappings, and young women and girls being forced into sexual slavery! Mr. Carter has taken a very sensitive subject and finally brought light into it's darkness. Time for the crimes against women to end!!
As a woman, i was left shaking my head and wondering if he even knows anything about the values that woman hold dear!!
Senile old man.