Champion of Choice: The Life and Legacy of Women's Advocate Nafis Sadik

Champion of Choice: The Life and Legacy of Women's Advocate Nafis Sadik

by Cathleen Miller
Champion of Choice: The Life and Legacy of Women's Advocate Nafis Sadik

Champion of Choice: The Life and Legacy of Women's Advocate Nafis Sadik

by Cathleen Miller

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Not many women can claim to have changed history, but Nafis Sadik set that goal in her youth, and change the world she did. Champion of Choice tells the remarkable story of how Sadik, born into a prominent Indian family in 1929, came to be the world’s foremost advocate for women’s health and reproductive rights, the first female director of a United Nations agency, and “one of the most powerful women in the world” (London Times).

An obstetrician, wife, mother, and devout Muslim, Sadik has been a courageous and tireless advocate for women, insisting on discussing the difficult issues that impact their lives: education, contraception, abortion, as well as rape and other forms of violence. After Sadik joined the fledgling UN Population Fund in 1971, her groundbreaking strategy for providing females with education and the tools to control their own fertility has dramatically influenced the global birthrate. This book is the first to examine Sadik’s contribution to history and the unconventional methods she has employed to go head-to-head with world leaders to improve millions of women’s lives.

Interspersed between the chapters recounting Sadik’s life are vignettes of females around the globe who represent her campaign against domestic abuse, child marriage, genital mutilation, and other human rights violations. With its insights into the political, religious, and domestic battles that have dominated women’s destinies, Sadik’s life story is as inspirational as it is dramatic.



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ISBN-13: 9780803248885
Publisher: Nebraska
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 536
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Cathleen Miller circled the globe to interview the sources for this book. Her previous work includes the international bestseller Desert Flower, a tale of female genital mutilation that has been translated into fifty-five languages and adapted as a feature film. Miller’s travel essays have appeared in numerous publications including the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. She teaches creative writing at San José State University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Introduction xi

1 Birth 1

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Zadia Birru 15

2 Welcoming the Girls 21

Bhanwargarh, India Nargis Ansari 38

3 Azhar 42

Berkeley, United States Chanti Prattipati 53

4 Karachi 60

Manhea, Ghana Dora Chemenu 77

5 The Wedding 83

Narok, Kenya Angela Karogo 99

6 Doctor's Orders 104

Tetral, Pakistan Rubima Javed 117

7 Mothers 122

St. Petersburg, Russia Natasha Bankov 133

8 Family Planning 138

Mexico City, Mexico Vianca Ivonne Huerta Garcia 162

9 The Un 166

Tibar, East Timor Ermelinda da Silva Ximenes 193

10 The Director 197

Buenos Aires, Argentina Juliana Di Tullio 244

11 The Vatican 249

La Paz, Bolivia Teresa Lanza 290

12 Cairo 295

Cairo, Egypt Mona Daoud 339

13 Beijing 346

Beijing, China Wang Lijuan 374

14 Back Home 379

Pristina, Kosovo Sevdie Ahmeti 402

15 On the Ground 411

Bangkok, Thailand Jintana Dahkling 431

16 Onward 437

Epilogue 464

Acknowledgments 465

Notes and Sources 467

Index 479

What People are Saying About This

Kofi Annan

“Dr. Sadik’s invaluable contribution to improving maternal and child health deserves the gratitude of millions of people around the world.”—Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Mary Robinson

“Nafis Sadik is an inspiration to women and girls worldwide through her tireless commitment to women’s empowerment and her understanding of the central importance of reproductive health.”—Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and former United Nations high commissioner for human rights

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