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    Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Vintage Books) (Paperback) By (author) Nicholas D Kristof, By (author) Sheryl WuDunn


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    Description#1 National Bestseller From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope. They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS. Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women's potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it's also the best strategy for fighting poverty. Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, "Half the Sky" is essential reading for every global citizen.

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    Doug Lyon I recommend this book.

    I have set up a charity to help children in Cambodia go to school (cambodiatrust.org.nz) and urge people to read this book. It is sometimes shocking for people who may not realise the struggle faced by many women and children in many countries. I have even given this book as a gift to people who have supported our work in Cambodia.

    I believe the key message is that anyone of us can choose to make a difference. It is easy to help in a meaningful way. You just have to act. It has become my passion. by Doug Lyon


    Deanne This is a long way from being a feminist book; it is purely educational for men and women of all races, ethnicity and origin. This should be on the national schools reading program for senior secondary students. This paints a picture no documentary or news story ever could. I encourage everyone to read this, because educating women will clearly resolve ( or be a step towards ) many problems in various countries. If it doesn't open your eyes on various issues it'll make you feel grateful for the life you have. by Deanne

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