Tuesday, 8 March 2011

International Women's Day: A plea to my readers

Last year as part of International Women's Day I shared one of my favourite recipes to raise awareness of the White Ribbon Alliance Global Dinner Party Campaign

This year I am going to urge you all to read a book which I have been meaning to do a blog post about for a while now, I know a lot of people will have read it but if not then please, I am down on my knees begging you to read it!

Half the Sky will take you on a frightening journey into the lives thousands of women are subjected to day in and day out, from rapes, beatings, ostracism, and sex slavery.  It is the unreported world and it is happening on a bigger scale then you can ever imagine.  You will get a glimpse into the terrible oppression women (from babies to adults) face in the world, it is heartbreaking and will make you want to help in any way you can.
Consider some of the facts the authors bring up in the book:
“More girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because thye were girls, than men were killed in all the battles of the twentieth century.  More girls are killed in this routine ‘gendercide’ in any one decade than people were slaughtered in all the genocides of the twentieth century.”
“All told, girls in India from one to five are 50 percent more likely to die than boys the same age. The best estimate is that a little Indian girl dies from discrimination every four minutes.”
There are one million to two million women currently enslaved as prostitutes in India alone — women who are raped for hours on end, living in cells, for no pay.
Women aged fifteen to forty-four worldwide “are more likely to be maimed or die from male violence than from cancer, malaria, traffic accidents, and war combined

(Facts taken from the book and quoted from The Harvard Political Review, Half The Sky by Max Novendstern)
The authors of Half The Sky, a married couple, and pulitzer prize winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn researched the plight of women all over the world, they witnessed these things first hand by going undercover and risking their own lives.  They believe education is the key.  Educating girls and women leads to higher wages; a greater likelihood of working outside the home; lower fertility; reduced maternal and child mortality; and better health and education. The impact is felt not only in women’s lifetimes, but also in the health, education and productivity of future generations.
So please go and Buy Half The Sky, these stories need to be heard!


  1. What a great post - such an importnat book. Would you be happy to share theis Carly on my other blog http://www.bookreviewsformums as a guest post?

  2. Thanks Becky and no problem at all about guest posting, I will tweet you now to let you know