“Half the Sky”

September 28, 2009

Half the Skyis humbly described by its authors, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, as a book “about women around the world,” but it is so much more than that.  Kristof (a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with The New York Times) and WuDunn are a husband-and-wife team who have compiled a compelling volume, telling the stories of women throughout our globe who suffer from three major abuses: sex trafficking / forced prostitution, gender-based violence (such as honour killings and mass rape), and maternal mortality (which claims 1 woman a minute!).

What began as a book has turned into a movement to “emancipate women and fight global poverty by unlocking women’s power as economic catalysts.”  (Kristof and WuDunn go so far as to propose that the liberation of women could help solve many of the world’s problems, from child mortality to terrorism.)  Such a goal finds echoes in the mission & philosophy of our partner Justice Ventures International (JVI) and Freeset Bags, one of the Indian marketplace initiatives supported by JVI.

In two Sundays, we’ll hear from Kerry Hilton, follower of Christ and founder of Freeset Bags, as he shares about the Indian women rescued from prostitution and poverty as they come to work with Freeset.  Until then, check out “Half the Sky,” now available in bookstores and online.

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