Saturday, December 29, 2012

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

If you're looking for a book that will not challenge you or will not make you feel any discomfort, this book is definitely NOT for you.

This thoroughly researched book addresses human rights violations around the world, specifically those against women. We're talking about sex slavery, female genital mutilation, honor killings, etc. The authors clearly explain each issue and tell the stories of women.

This book was quite the education. It was difficult to read. However, at the end of every chapter, there is a story of hope. The authors write about ordinary people who are doing something to intervene with each of these issues. Some people live abroad, and some are in the US. Some are even teens here in the US. So, this book actually left me with some hope rather than feeling depressed and helpless.

The last chapter is about things you can do to help in the next ten minutes. One of them is to make a micro-loan (for as little as $25!) through

Like I said above, this is not a comfortable book to read. But if you do care about human rights, and want to know what you can do, this is a very well-written, hopeful, and accessible book to help you get involved.

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