Thursday, November 17, 2011
Excellent reporting, professional journalism, and detailed research. Absolutely no complaints.
The personal stories from women around the world are touching as are the authors' descriptions of the situations and threats women are facing in the developing world. The solutions to these problems are inspiring and motivating. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Like I said in my introduction, this book should be required reading for high school/college students.
One aspect I particularly appreciated was the balanced viewpoint of the authors. There is a chapter on religion that I was nervous to read. And the authors do criticize the role that some religions (fundamental Christianity and Islam) play in the oppression of women, particularly in developing countries. However, the authors present solutions that don't reject Muslim or Christian beliefs, but integrate them into a healthy view of women. They also advocate not for a-religious aid but for a nonpartisan, inter-religion effort that puts the welfare of women before either a liberal or conservative religious or political agenda. Also, the authors recognize the impact of Christian missions worldwide, which means so much to me as the daughter of Christian missionaries. I feel like the secular media frequently ignores the positive contributions of Christian (Protestant and Catholic) missions, but these authors acknowledge their positive impact.
Please give the book a try - it may very well change your life. Also, check out a new website I found yesterday while I was browsing the internet. The site (http://www.slaveryfootprint.org/) contains an application that allows you to answer questions about the products you consume and then gives you an estimate of the number of slaves who work for you worldwide (according to my consumption habits, I have 27 slaves working for me). It also pinpoints where slaves who produce the products you consume may be located and provides information about what products may be produced by slaves.