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A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

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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.

President 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 cutting. 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 and his wife, Rosalynn, have visited 145 countries, and The Carter Center has had active projects in more than half of them. Around the world, they have seen inequality rising rapidly with each passing decade. This is true in both rich and poor countries, and among the citizens within them.

Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of courageous women from all regions and all 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.

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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.

President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report is current. It covers the plight of women and girls—strangled at birth, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, genital cutting, deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and “owned” by men in others. And the most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence.

He addresses the adverse impact of distorted religious texts on women, by Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims. Special verses are often omitted or quoted out of context to exalt the status of men and exclude women. In a remark that is certain to get attention, Carter points out that women are treated more equally in some countries that are atheistic or where governments are strictly separated from religion.

Carter describes his personal observations of the conditions and hardships of women around the world. He describes a trip in Africa with Bill Gates, Sr. and his wife, where they are appalled by visits to enormous brothels. He tells how he joined Nelson Mandela to plead for an end to South Africa’s practice of outlawing treatments to protect babies from AIDS-infected mothers.

Throughout, Carter reports on observations of women activists and workers of The Carter Center. This is an informed and passionate charge about human rights abuses against half the world’s population. It comes from one of the world’s most renowned human rights advocates.

About the Author

Jimmy Carter was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981. In 1982, he and his wife founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people around the world. Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. He is the author of over two-dozen books, including An Hour Before Daylight, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, and Our Endangered Values. He lives in Plains, Georgia.

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genderalert, May 31, 2014 (view all comments by genderalert)
Haven't read the book. But as a male heading a Women In Leadership and Gender Desk Office, I wish I could access to a copy. This would be an inspiring book to support our Zero Violence Campaign and Civic Education Programs for the communities.
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Stanley Bercovitz, March 29, 2014 (view all comments by Stanley Bercovitz)
Haven't read it yet either, however I'll be buying it and getting it signed tomorrow! I'm bringing my 92-year-old mother, how soon do people think we should go to line up?
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harlow26, March 28, 2014 (view all comments by harlow26)
I have not yet read the book but am very much looking forward to the signing. What an honor to be in the presence of a former United States President! And especially one who has proven himself to be such an amazing humanitarian.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781476773957
Author:
Carter, Jimmy
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Carter Center, human rights, women s rights, civil rights, religious extremism, discrimination, ACLU, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Amnesty International, human rights violations, rape, rape culture, female circumcision, abortion, suffrage, World Healt
Subject:
Carter Center, human rights, women s rights, civil rights, religious extremism, discrimination, ACLU, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Amnesty International, human rights violations, rape, rape culture, female circumcision, abortion, suffrage, World Healt
Subject:
Carter Center, human rights, women s rights, civil rights, religious extremism, discrimination, ACLU, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Amnesty International, human rights violations, rape, rape culture, female circumcision, abortion, suffrage, World Healt
Subject:
Carter Center, human rights, women s rights, civil rights, religious extremism, discrimination, ACLU, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Amnesty International, human rights violations, rape, rape culture, female circumcision, abortion, suffrage, World Healt
Subject:
Carter Center, human rights, women s rights, civil rights, religious extremism, discrimination, ACLU, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Amnesty International, human rights violations, rape, rape culture, female circumcision, abortion, suffrage, World Healt
Subject:
Carter Center, human rights, women s rights, civil rights, religious extremism, discrimination, ACLU, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Amnesty International, human rights violations, rape, rape culture, female circumcision, abortion, suffrage, World Healt
Subject:
Carter Center, human rights, women s rights, civil rights, religious extremism, discrimination, ACLU, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Amnesty International, human rights violations, rape, rape culture, female circumcision, abortion, suffrage, World Healt
Subject:
Carter Center, human rights, women s rights, civil rights, religious extremism, discrimination, ACLU, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Amnesty International, human rights violations, rape, rape culture, female circumcision, abortion, suffrage, World Healt
Subject:
Carter Center, human rights, women s rights, civil rights, religious extremism, discrimination, ACLU, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Amnesty International, human rights violations, rape, rape culture, female circumcision, abortion, suffrage, World Healt
Subject:
Carter Center, human rights, women s rights, civil rights, religious extremism, discrimination, ACLU, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Amnesty International, human rights violations, rape, rape culture, female circumcision, abortion, suffrage, World Healt
Subject:
Politics-Human Rights
Subject:
Carter Center, human rights, women s rights, civil rights, religious extremism, discrimination, ACLU, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Amnesty International, human rights violations, rape, rape culture, female circumcision, abortion, suffrage, World Healt
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
228.6 x 152.4 mm

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report is current. It covers the plight of women and girls—strangled at birth, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, genital cutting, deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and “owned” by men in others. And the most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence.

He addresses the adverse impact of distorted religious texts on women, by Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims. Special verses are often omitted or quoted out of context to exalt the status of men and exclude women. In a remark that is certain to get attention, Carter points out that women are treated more equally in some countries that are atheistic or where governments are strictly separated from religion.

Carter describes his personal observations of the conditions and hardships of women around the world. He describes a trip in Africa with Bill Gates, Sr. and his wife, where they are appalled by visits to enormous brothels. He tells how he joined Nelson Mandela to plead for an end to South Africa’s practice of outlawing treatments to protect babies from AIDS-infected mothers.

Throughout, Carter reports on observations of women activists and workers of The Carter Center. This is an informed and passionate charge about human rights abuses against half the world’s population. It comes from one of the world’s most renowned human rights advocates.

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