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Title:
A call to action : [women, religion, violence, and power]
Author:
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
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New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2014]

℗2014
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6 audio discs (6.5 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Jimmy Carter describes his personal observations of the conditions and hardships of women around the world. He describes a trip in Africa with Bill Gates, Sr. and his wife, where they are appalled by visits to enormous brothels. He tells how he joined Nelson Mandela to plead for an end to South Africa's practice of outlawing treatments to protect babies from AIDS-infected mothers. Throughout, Carter reports on observations of women activists and workers of The Carter Center.
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Unabridged.
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9781442372641
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Audiobook on CD

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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 is current. It covers the plight of women and girls--strangled at birth, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, genital cutting, deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and "owned" by men in others. And the most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence.

He addresses the adverse impact of distorted religious texts on women, by Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims. Special verses are often omitted or quoted out of context to exalt the status of men and exclude women. In a remark that is certain to get attention, Carter points out that women are treated more equally in some countries that are atheistic or where governments are strictly separated from religion.

Carter describes his personal observations of the conditions and hardships of women around the world. He describes a trip in Africa with Bill Gates, Sr. and his wife, where they are appalled by visits to enormous brothels. He tells how he joined Nelson Mandela to plead for an end to South Africa's practice of outlawing treatments to protect babies from AIDS-infected mothers.

Throughout, Carter reports on observations of women activists and workers of The Carter Center. This is an informed and passionate charge about human rights abuses against half the world's population. It comes from one of the world's most renowned human rights advocates.


Author Notes

James Earl Carter Jr. was born on October 1, 1924 in Plains, Georgia. He graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1946, and spent seven years as an officer in the Navy.

When his term was over, Carter returned to Plains and began his career in politics at the state level in 1962. In 1970, he was elected Governor of Georgia and six years later announced his candidacy for the Presidency. Carter campaigned against Gerald Ford and eventually won with 297 electoral votes, becoming the 39th President of the United States.

As President, Carter established a National Energy Policy, expanded the National Park System and created the Department of Education. He was also instrumental in the Camp David Agreement of 1978, which helped to bring peace between Egypt and Israel. Carter established full diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China and completed negotiations of the SALT II Nuclear Limitations Treaty with the Soviet Union.

Upon completion of his term as President, he founded the Carter Center in Atlanta, a non-profit organization that works to prevent and resolve conflict and to enhance freedom and democracy around the world. In 2002, Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize. He has written several books including An Hour Before Daylight; Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, Our Endangered Values, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, and Faith: A Journey for All.

(Bowker Author Biography) Jimmy Carter who served as thirty-ninth president of the United States, was born in Plains, Georgia, in 1924. After leaving the White House he and his wife Rosalynn, founded the Atlanta-based Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health around the world.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Carter addresses the many cultural and institutional issues that put women at a disadvantage in the U.S. and abroad. He calls upon religious leaders, world leaders, and activists to fight for women's rights and guarantee parity in all aspects of life. Unfortunately, Carter is an ineffective narrator. He does not project the energy needed to engage listeners. Carter's narration lacks clarity, and his pronunciation is at times hard to decipher. His performance ultimately undermines the powerful message of his book. A Simon & Schuster hardcover. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Starred Review. Since founding the Carter Center in 1982 with his wife, Rosalyn, former U.S. president Carter has worked tirelessly to improve living conditions around the world. As a global peace worker, he witnesses the widespread mistreatment of women that is justified by religious texts and discriminatory laws. Despite already being the author of 27 well-regarded works, Carter states in his introduction that he believes this is "by far the most important" book of his career. Each chapter is devoted to an issue or practice that threatens the world's women. The author's devout Baptist beliefs heavily influence his arguments, but he also makes an effort to analyze issues through the lens of all the major world religions. The former president closes his book with 23 pointed actions that he believes will alleviate discrimination against women. Unfortunately, he directs the bulk of his excellent suggestions at world leaders and policymakers, leaving compassionate but politically unconnected listeners without a plan of action apart from lobbying elected officials. VERDICT An exceptional consciousness-raising book about global sexual discrimination. Recommended for all collections. ["Women's studies scholars and readers interested in international human rights may find these accounts of discrimination and abuse disturbing but should be challenged to respond to Carter's call for action," read the review of the S. & S. hc, LJ 6/15/14.] Julie Judkins, Univ. of North Texas, Denton (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.