A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power by Jimmy Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter is “convinced that the most serious and unaddressed worldwide challenge is the deprivation and abuse of women and girls, largely caused by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare.” This compelling book explores issues such as the genocide of girls, slavery, prostitution, spouse abuse, “honor” killings, and genital cutting, making the case that these are not just women’s issues. They affect everyone.

Carter also weighs the impact of the Carter Center, a nonprofit organization founded by him and his wife, Rosalynn, to help people worldwide. On his travels, Carter has witnessed firsthand the plight of women and girls, giving praise where initiatives have been taken to improve their lives and pointing out situations of unspeakable injustice. He takes the United States government to task for its unjust foreign policy initiatives and the ways in which its female citizens have been and are being treated unfairly. (Simon & Schuster)

About the Author

Sonya VanderVeen Feddema is a freelance writer and a member of Covenant CRC in St. Catharines, Ontario.

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I have not read this book, but often reccomend the book, "Half the Sky: turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide", by Nicholas D. Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn which is also very eye-opening, revealing the plight of women and girls. In addition, it's a hopeful book as there are people highlighted who are working to really make a difference.

I'm very glad to see this problem gaining some much needed attention from several different places, including at the recent Sojourners Summit about justice.