A Call to Action

Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

Carter, Jimmy

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Call to Action
"The world's discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter's call to action. President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report covers a system of discrimination 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. President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have visited 145 countries, and The Carter Center has had active projects in more than half of them. Around the world, they have seen inequality rising rapidly with each passing decade. This is true in both rich and poor countries, and among the citizens within them. 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. This is an informed and passionate charge about a devastating effect on economic prosperity and unconscionable human suffering. It affects us all"-- Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2014
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476773957
Characteristics: viii, 211 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 16, 2015
  • rpavlacic rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • StarGladiator rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.]

Jun 25, 2014
  • Diell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • EXLIBRES rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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


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Jun 25, 2014
  • Diell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 25, 2014
  • Diell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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