The world’s discrimination and violence against women and girls is
the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human
rights: this is President Jimmy Carter’s call to action.
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 mutilation. 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 has visited 145 countries, and the Carter Center
has had active projects in more than half of them. Around the world he has seen inequality rising with each passing decade. This
is true in both rich and poor countries and among the citizens within
Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of
courageous women from all regions and 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. Download and start listening now!