Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Book Review: Half the Sky.

Half the Sky is the book we read a couple of months ago for our book club.   Now, I'm not very eloquent when just writing off the top of my head (and I just don't have time to do the formal research on the book that you all deserve).  But here is the blurb off their website:

Half the Sky lays out an agenda for the world's women and three major abuses: sex trafficking and forced prostitution; gender-based violence including honor killings and mass rape; maternal mortality, which needlessly claims one woman a minute. We know there are many worthy causes competing for attention in the world. We focus on this one because this kind of oppression feels transcendent – and so does the opportunity. Outsiders can truly make a difference.
The book is an amazing and necessary read for women I think.  The stories really touch you.  I know the book has been featured on multiple talk and TV shows (Oprah and the Colbert Report to name a couple).  I could only dream of ever being able to travel to foreign countries speaking to women about human rights.  The book really touched me, aside from the fact that it brings light to the gross inequities that exist in the world, but there are also multiple stories about girls/women from Cambodia.  One of my sisters is adopted from Cambodia, so the country holds a special place in my heart.  I'm passing the book on to my mom this month.  I hope it opens minds and gives people an understanding of actions that most of us are ignorant/unaware of.  I'm a big fan of nonfiction myself.  We had awesome discussions about the book at book club.  I think it still ranks as some people's favorite book thus far.  Please read it.  Definitely recommended.  

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