October 25, 2009

Women Hold Up Half the Sky

by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

A number of friends have read the book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. There’s also a movement by that name. The book was excerpted in the New York Times Magazine recently, which is where I first learned of it. Then my friend Carol interviewed Sheryl on WILL Radio, after reading the book.

My sister Gail compiled a short list of groups from the book that we all have the opportunity to support:

Afghan Institute of Learning operates schools and other programs for women and girls in Afghanistan and in the border areas of Pakistan.

Apne Aap battles sex slavery in India, including in remote areas in Bihar that get little attention.

Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) supports schooling for girls in Africa.

Fistula Foundation supports the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia, established by Reg and Catherine Hamlin.

Global Fund for Women operates like a venture capital fund for women’s groups in poor countries.

Heal Africa runs a hospital in Goma, Congo, that repairs fistulas and tends to rape victims.

Worldwide Fistula Fund works to improve maternal health and is building a fistula hospital in Niger.

With all the bad news in the world, it is gratifying to know of these amazing, tenacious efforts to support women, and men.

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