‘Half the Sky’

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You’ve heard us talk about it before, but we just can’t get enough of this book, or one of its authors, Nicholas Kristof. Half the Sky, written by Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn, tackles three of the main women’s issues from around the world, but especially in developing nations. Gender-based violence and mass rape, maternal mortality, sex trafficking and forced prostitution are just some of the abuses faced by women and girls. Kristof and Wudunn use the stories they have gathered of girls and women they met during their travels to give a narrative but fact-driven account of the women’s crisis taking place today. With an in-depth explanation of the issues, they also profile organizations, movements and people that work to combat the problems women face. You might even recognize one of those organizations – New Light is one of our partner NGOs where our artisans in Kolkata work and receive aid.

Perhaps the greatest part of this book is that they not only tell you about each problem but they lay out  a strategy to bring education and empowerment to help women and give you the resources and tools to actually help accomplish this goal. It’s important because educating and empowering women not only solves the problems affecting women but it can help bring nations out of poverty and alleviate extremism.

Everyone should read this book, but for those who have limited amounts of time, an overview of the book’s highlights can be found in this New York Times article written by the authors. Kristof also writes a column on Sundays that tackles humanitarian issues found in the link under his name.

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