‘The world is in the grip of a moral outrage on a par with slavery and genocide. The victims? Women.’
Inside is a fascinating and inspiring interview with Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the authors of Half the Sky, who have made the book itself the centre of a campaign to end the oppression and abuse of women in less economically developed countries. As Nick and Sheryl point out:
‘Women aren’t the problem but the solution. The plight of girls is no more a tragedy than an opportunity.’
They argue that improving women’s lives around the globe will help to address pressing economic and political issues of our time, from famine to terrorism to climate change.
In the pages of Half the Sky, you will meet an array of extraordinary women who have overcome unimaginable hurdles in order to change their lives and in doing so begin to change the world. And you will see that almost everyone can do something to help.
The authors of Half the Sky received an email last week from Emma Thompson, the actor:
‘I had been told by countless friends about how good Half the Sky was, and to be honest, I thought, yes, yes, but how good can a book be? Very, very good, it turns out. Practical, unsanctimonious, unpompous, unjudgemental and honest about what’s possible. Just what we all need – a handbook.’
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