Monday, 21 November 2016

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide - Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (book review)

woho, another book review today? I am surprised I have had the time and energy to upload more :)

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.

My Thoughts
This book, I dont have worked for it.This is a book that you really must read, no matter how disturbing and how bad you are feeling. This is life, this is truth, we can't close our eyes anymore and stop reading because it is disturbing.

I have always been very aware of how difficult it is for women around the world and that we are seen as lesser beings in many countries. We have all felt sexism in one way or another but most of us have learned how to deal with it. This book helps you to build yourself up and also how we are individual can help, both where we live and in other countries. the book also open the eyes when it comes to how help works and that it isn't as easy as we may think.

If I were to decide, this is a book everyone should read, it should be mandatory to read and discuss this subjects. We need to change ourselves and how we see and raise our children boys and girls, to be better persons than we are so they can help the world and raise even better humans when they grow older.

I am still going around, thinking about what I read in this book and trying to change things a little bit every day. Because I feel for the people in the book and people who has live like this or worse. We do need to open our eyes and hearts and change and help out.

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