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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Half the Sky Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide 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 From two of our

  • Title: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
  • Author: Nicholas D. Kristof Sheryl WuDunn
  • ISBN: 9780307267146
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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.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.WithFrom 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.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,

    Half the Sky Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Half the Sky is a passionate and persuasive plea to all of us to rise up and say No to the th century abuses to girls and women in the st century world This is a book that will pierce your heart and arouse your conscience. Half the Sky Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Half the Sky Movement is not affiliated or connected with Half the Sky Foundation For information about Half the Sky Foundation, please visit halfthesky. Half the Sky Oct , HALF THE SKY is a passionate call to arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world s women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity Our future is in the hands of women everywhere Plot Summary Add Synopsis Half the Sky Independent Lens PBS Half the Sky Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide was filmed in countries and follows Kristof, WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg

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    About Author

    1. Nicholas D. Kristof Sheryl WuDunn says:
      Nicholas Donabet Kristof is an American journalist, author, op ed columnist, and a winner of two Pulitzer Prizes He has written an op ed column for The New York Times since November 2001 and is widely known for bringing to light human rights abuses in Asia and Africa, such as human trafficking and the Darfur conflict He has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to 150 countries and all 50 states According to his blog, during his travels he has had unpleasant experiences with malaria, wars, an Indonesian mob carrying heads on pikes, and an African airplane crash.

    Comment 449 on “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

    1. Galen Johnson says:
      I heard a number of people rave about this book, so I was excited to read it By the time I was finished with the first two chapters, I was left with an uncomfortable, almost icky, feeling Not from the subject matter which is disturbing but a topic I have read about extensively , but from the tone of the writing I kept reading, thinking it would get better But soon the book and the uncomfortable feeling became worse, and I started to be able to name the source of the ickiness and my overall disco [...]

    2. Meredith Holley (Sparrow) says:
      I think what I want the most this year is for everyone I know to read this book I don t really know what to say about it, except that it is exactly what it should be It s hard to even think for too long about how purposeful and smart Kristof and WuDunn were in structuring and presenting the information they included here because it obviously represents a lifetime of research and investigation, but it comes off as though they re telling campfire stories I don t mean to be disrespectful in describ [...]

    3. Saleh MoonWalker says:
      Onvan Half the Sky Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Nevisande Nicholas D Kristof ISBN 307267148 ISBN13 9780307267146 Dar 294 Safhe Saal e Chap 2008

    4. Heather says:
      Seeing the amount of praise given this book by progressives and conservatives alike, it seems like smug and self righteous really sells Or, perhaps it s that whole journalistic idea if it bleeds, it leads that works to capture the reader s attention Maybe, just maybe, Westerners really know that little about the world outside our borders and the fight for gender equality within and without those borders and this book actually makes them care.While as much as I wish that I could say I liked this [...]

    5. Laurel says:
      I found this book to be quite powerful Pulitzer prize winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn vividly describe the brave plights of women in developing nations in ways that were incredibly eye opening to me While I was aware of the brutal conditions lack of education, demoralization, rape, beatings, sex trafficking, mutilations, and murder of women and young girls going on in parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, I admit I did not fully realize the immense enormity of it Nor [...]

    6. sana°¤° says:
      Oh my god this is so fucking powerful and sad and eye opening and just go read it right now TW rape and abuse.

    7. Allison says:
      In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world When I first heard Nicholas Kristof make this argument at the PIH symposium in October, I was taken aback Not because I didn t believe and have a firm understanding that gender discrimination worldwide is shockingly brutal and horrifying But, at [...]

    8. Elisabeth says:
      I agree with other comments about this book Half the Sky is not meant for those who seek scholarly material about the current state of women throughout the world The authors use heart wrenching stories to describe the reality millions of women experience each day.The reason I gave this book two stars is not because I disagree with the premise of the book or the authors push to radically alter the trajectory of global rights sign me up What frustrated me, and in the end left a sour taste in mouth [...]

    9. Jenny (Reading Envy) says:
      This was actually a selection for my in person book club a few years back, but I didn t read it at the time, knowing I would be away for that discussion So when it came around as part of a postal book swap, I appreciated the chance to read it.I feel when reading this that I am observing a phenomenon that I m not sure the author s is are aware of It feels like many of the lessons are that you can t just sweep in with money and expect to fix a problem Issues that seem to be specific to women in a [...]

    10. Elyse says:
      Everyone should read this book The stories are present not 10 years ago shocking and inspiring this book is not just about woman s issues, but human issues As the reader, it becomes clear how sexual equality is huge moral struggle today in 2010 around the globe.but many people are beginning to take inspired actions, and we can too.Its a great book to give to our daughters after we read it.

    11. Chris says:
      At one point in their book, Half the Sky, Kristof and WuDunn write, There will be less sex trafficking and less rape if woman stop turning the other cheek and begin slapping back.WuDunn and Kristof, a married couple, detail much of what are woman s issues in the developing world Their book focuses on sexual trafficking, micro finance, maternal health, as well as religion and education The argument that they put forward is that developing countries need to emancipate women and women need to free [...]

    12. Caroline says:
      Okay this is one of the top five book I have ever read in my life Some books change you and this is one of those books.For a while now I have realised that my favourite writers are journalists They really know how to make the medicine go down with a spoonful of sugar Never so than with this book The subjects covered are devastating basically female abuse in all its forms fanticide, neglect, lack of education, abduction , sex slavery, rape, genital mutilation, honour killings and maternal deaths [...]

    13. Carol says:
      Our fiction book group decided to tackle Half the Sky Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide as our last book discussion this season Why you ask Fiction, it s not but who better as we are a group totally made up of women smart, aware, thinking women at that There was not one woman who did not feel this was a hard book to read Many said they would not have finished if not for the book group I felt it was the least I could do If there are women who would crawl miles for medical at [...]

    14. Eve says:
      It s hard to escape the escalating decline in world conditions Whether it s refugees stories from far flung war torn countries, or reports involving the abuse of our environment and its critters, there is no limit to the different forms of media that are reporting global events non stop Even if the view outside our kitchen window is generally uneventful and peaceful, books like Half the Sky are a cold slice of reality pie Half the Sky focuses on human rights violations against women around the w [...]

    15. C. says:
      I m a little bit concerned when empowerment of women becomes a political tool It s easier for a masculinised system of power to say that women need to be educated in Afghanistan because it will help reduce terrorism than to say that women need to be educated in Afghanistan because they are, you know, human beings Domestic violence, rape and general mistreatment or oppression of women can easily be turned into a political symbol that represents nationalistic or other concerns as is shown very cle [...]

    16. Paige says:
      I finished this book a couple days ago and I don t want to spend a whole lot of time reviewing it Maybe you can tell by the two stars, but unfortunately it didn t really live up to my hopes for it.In some ways it pains me to give this book such a bad rating, because human rights abuses the world over are such a huge issue, and those disproportionately affecting women are often particularly heinous This book aims to shed light on these issues and offers some solutions for solving the problems I w [...]

    17. dara says:
      I started reading Half the Sky on March 31st of 2011 GoodReads tells me this, but I would have remembered regardless I read the first fifty pages of the book in bed and felt the heaviest weight on my chest It simply hurt too much to bear alone I left the bedroom and joined my boyfriend in the living room, where he was seated on the couch I snuggled up in his lap, wanting him to hold me, to comfort me, to ease the pain I was feeling instead, he found it to be the right moment for breaking up with [...]

    18. Sarah says:
      Okay, I ve totally had a change of heart regarding this book Oddly enough, it took an ignorant comment from someone I don t even know on Facebook to look at it differently Someone was making the argument that giving a baby boy a circumcision in the US is the same as female genital cutting in third world countries This person went so far as to say that infant boys feel just as oppressed as the girls who are cut WHAT Clearly, this person has no idea what these women and girls go through It made me [...]

    19. Michael says:
      Outstanding account of the forces that are destroying the lives of young girls and mothers throughout the world and the keys to hope for effective action to address the problems Sexual slavery and trafficking, genital mutilations, and maternal death and health disasters associated with childbirth are the main focus The statistics are staggering, with 2 3 million girls and women forcefully enslaved annually compared to about 50,000 blacks enslaved at its peak in the 19th century, and deaths have [...]

    20. Jason says:
      Everyone should read this book, EVERYONE This is reporting at it s best This book gives you facts and numbers galore, but the researched data plays a support role to the personal stories that provide the human basis for each topic addressing the oppression of women, as well as, the inroads in fighting it It really covers every side of the story and does it so intelligently that it works on both sides of the brain in ebbs and flows it touches you emotionally and then has you transition into anal [...]

    21. Suzanne says:
      This touched on some important topics that I know very little about I m glad I read it.

    22. Zinta says:
      This book is important So important, in fact, that first reviews from reputable sources are calling it the most important book of the year, some even calling it the most important book of our time Yes It is Now and then we must pick up a book that awakens in us all the compassion, all the indignation, all the heart we need to make a difference in the world And that s the best part each and everyone one of us can Nicholas Kristof may be a name you already recognize as a New York Times op ed colum [...]

    23. Brooke says:
      I ve been a longtime reader of feminist books, websites, and blogs, but I still had difficulty getting through this book At times I put it down for a few hours to emotionally recover from what I had just read After wondering for a while why I found this book difficult to read, I concluded that it was its focus on individual stories instead of broader statistics or general descriptions The authors spend most of their time discussing specific women s lives and then relating these individuals to th [...]

    24. Charlotte says:
      It s eye opening, sad, bleak and compelling The abuse and strength of women in developing and third world countries is told through the stories of individual women the authors have met They plead the case for education and health care to make a difference Here s a review that says it much better than I can From Publishers WeeklyStarred Review New York Times columnist Kristof and his wife, WuDunn, a former Times reporter, make a brilliantly argued case for investing in the health and autonomy of [...]

    25. Katie says:
      I think it is CRUCIAL to draw attention to the oppression of women, especially the oppression of women of color from around the world I think my problem with the book is that instead of challenging the system that is oppressing these women, it s throwing options like micro finance at the problem Instead of critically examining what kind of system political or economic would be least oppressive to people world wide, it s touting capitalism, which always relies on power imbalance, exploitation and [...]

    26. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist" says:
      I have some philosophical differences with the authors, and I think they were too soft on conservatives worldwide, not just Republicans However, their global vision and dedication to humanitarian goals are unparalleled and inspiring.

    27. Booknblues says:
      Half the Sky by Nicholas D Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn5 starspp 296After reading numerous reviews of Half the Sky , having many friends who insisted that I read it and have it languish on my wish list, I decided it was past time when I should make the investment of time and money and read the book, which had been causing such a stir I chose my time fortuitously as, the documentary was airing on PBS as I was finishing the book.Half the Sky deals with many human rights issues which effect the health [...]

    28. Tarah says:
      Now look I get a lot of people telling me oh my gosh, you have to read X book about X topic because YOU will love it And I m usually like screw you, grandma, you don t know me No one likes to be pigeon holed Well, maybe you do But I don t So I came to this book thinking screw you everyone in the world who has been saying I should read this that being said This book is amazingly well written It s fluid and important engaging and pressing I ve admired Kristoff s writing from the NYTimes, of course [...]

    29. aPriL does feral sometimes says:
      Half the Sky is about the cultural , customary and religious abuse of women because they are women The life stories of dozens of women around the world are told through anecdotes of their childhood, marriage and culture The authors personally visited the homes of many of these women, using translators when necessary The writers also flesh out the heroic struggles of these abused women to overcome their cultures with additional explanatory history and facts Many of these women escaped torture and [...]

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