A Call to Action

A Call to Action

Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

Book - 2014 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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Covers a system of discrimination against women that extends to every nation. Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and "owned" by men in others, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, and genital cutting. The most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence. A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse. Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of courageous women from all regions and all major religions to demonstrate that women around the world, more than half of all human beings, are being denied equal rights.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2014
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476773957
Branch Call Number: 323.34 CAR 2014
Characteristics: viii, 211 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 05, 2016

Jimmy Carter's A CALL TO ACTION deals with international efforts to improve women's rights on many fronts. He talks at length about how sex-selective abortions performed extensively in China and India to ensure that they have only sons and no daughters is, while a problem in and of itself, the trigger for sexual and physical abuse on women through child marriages, human trafficking, and prostitution, seeing as the disproportionately great number of males born in these environments demand women that just aren't there. The line of causation is easily drawn, but not so easily altered to improve conditions. Carter also talks about his life growing up in Georgia and how, although he works extensively with his wife through the Carter Center to improve women's lives around the world, his home is just as guilty of injustice towards women as Atlanta is "one of the preeminent human trafficking centers in the United States". He discusses the Bible and the Koran and how they support the idea of women's rights. He covers a wide range of topics, including "honour" killings, sexual assault, rape, spousal abuse, war, slavery, human trafficking, child marriage, dowry deaths, genital mutilation, maternal health, the pay gap, and political participation. Some of what he has observed in his life, we already know, but some of his findings surprised me, such as the great steps made forward in Morocco for women's rights. The book is a bit saddening to read all in one sitting, which is what I was trying to do, because we -- and I mean, we, the people, all of humanity, population planet Earth, THAT we -- have so much further to go. That being said, Jimmy and his wife Rosalyn have made a difference by allowing people far and wide to empower themselves. In many countries, it is best to allow the community to do the work, as they are not seen as outsiders trying to foist their ideology upon others. It also gives them transferable skills that they can use in their many endeavours. It's the "teach a woman to fish" approach. While it was not easy to digest some of the atrocities occurring miles away and equally right next door, it was easy to understand. The former president writes with eloquence and style and, as a skilled orator and the author of twenty-plus books, I expected nothing less from the 39th POTUS. I can understand from the overseas work he writes about (and surely, all the work he doesn't mention, too) why he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. He truly cares about women, considering it a human and civil rights struggle worth the fight. Ultimately, I feel that he believes that, by making us equal and together, the world can, will, and should be better. No question, I can get behind that. For anyone uninformed about women's rights or interested in learning more, I recommend A CALL TO ACTION.

Jul 28, 2015

Carter gives a very good overview of issues that disproportionately affect women worldwide. I would have liked for there to be more details and suggestions for how to solve problems. Some of the topics that were only given a chapter in this book could easily be an entire book all on their own. Overall, this is obviously a topic that Carter cares about deeply, and he directs readers to different organizations that promote gender equality worldwide. He counters religious arguments promoting misogyny, instead showing that true faith means believing in the equality of people.

Jan 16, 2015

A well put argument by America's elder statesperson - that women's rights are human rights. This book also gives an insight about what it's like to go to one of Carter's Sunday school classes in Plains, GA - with his engaging an average of 400 people a week about the Bible's lessons. That he himself is never "preachy" but just states what he believes says a lot about the Nobel laureate.

Jul 15, 2014

It's nice that Carter is active and has these sentiments now, but when he was president he really flubbed the ball, although that requires thinking on the part of the American, which is usually a no-go! Carter backed off on passing the Equal Rights Amendment; he overturned federal regulations against usury, with predictably disastrous results! [Still happening today, LEGALLY, thanks to you know who!] Was the president who pushed for deregulation - - the trucking and airlines industries. And his presidential directive and actions led to the destabilization of a once secular country called Afghanistan, again with predictably disastrous results! [The First Daughter, Amy Carter, should be respected and admired for her great integrity, the complete opposite of Chelsea Clinton.]

Diell Jun 25, 2014

a necessary and fascinating read, it will confirm but still surprise you. The facts and figures are there, BUT DON'T LET THAT HOLD YOU BACK, IT IS AN EASY, SHORT READ, A NECESSARY READ.
See Notice Comment. This would be a great book for youth, would be a great discussion book in our schools.

Jun 21, 2014

The Carters as always out in the thick of human suffering trying to help.


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Dec 05, 2016

"It is interesting to note that an overwhelming majority of citizens in the world's three largest democracies have different religions: India (81 percent Hindu), the United States (76 percent Christian), and Indonesia (87 percent Muslim). Two of them have elected women as leaders of their government."

Dec 05, 2016

"We who are more privileged are not deliberately perpetuating our status at the expense of others, but we rarely wish to confront or be involved in the problem."

Dec 05, 2016

"The relegation of women to an inferior or circumscribed status by many religious leaders is one of the primary reasons for the promotion and perpetuation of sexual abuse. If potential male exploiters of women are led to believe that their victim is considered inferior or 'different' even by God, they can presume that it must be permissible to take advantage of their superior male status. It is crucial that devout believers abandon the premise that their faith mandates sexual discrimination."

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Diell Jun 25, 2014

Other: I would love to see this book as part of the social studies curriculum or at least as a must read for youth in our schools but I expect that there would be boards and parents that would object. This would be a wonderful book for parents and children to read and discuss.


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