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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade (June 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137278587
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137278586
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sharma's experiences not only support the idea that "when you teach a woman to fish, everyone eats," but also serve as an aggressive call to action for anyone who cares about ending global poverty."--Kirkus Reviews

 

"Sure to appeal to activists, the book offers an on-the-ground account of one organization's efforts and its strategies for instituting change."--Publisher's Weekly

 

"Ritu Sharma delivers inspiring stories of women and men who are overcoming great obstacles to improve the lives of girls and women under dire circumstances.  She also provides insights into how we in America can help individually and through our government’s aid programs.  Every citizen and lawmaker should read this book.” —Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, and founder of The Carter Center

 

“In Teach a Woman to Fish, Ritu Sharma shows us what unites women around the world: devotion to their families, pride in their children, and a willingness to sacrifice for a better future. Using highly accessible prose, she helps make the sometimes abstract concept of women’s empowerment concrete, showing how no matter where they live, women’s hard work is absolutely essential to building thriving communities” —Melinda Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

"Ritu Sharma has a singular commitment to the rights of women and girls, a unique understanding of what it takes to make a difference, and an uncanny ability to combine the two." —Eve Ensler, Playwright and Activist

 

“Ritu Sharma paints a remarkably personal and poignant portrait of both the enormous challenges and the boundless resiliency of women living in some of the world’s poorest regions.  Most importantly, she provides keen insights into the circumstances that work against them, and offers an array of concrete steps based on the depth of her experience that can change lives and further empower these extraordinary women.” —Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center

 

"Ritu Sharma is a passionate leader for women and girls around the world. With her profound understanding and compassion, she gives voice to their inspirational stories of hopes, dreams and challenges that will continue to echo in our hearts." —Maria Bello, actor and activist

 

“With a storyteller’s eye and an advocate’s passion, Ritu Sharma takes us on a personal journey that lays bare the simple injustices that rob women of their rights and dignity while offering a contrasting vision of aid interventions and policy reforms that unlock their potential for leadership and liberation.” — Raymond Offenheiser, President, Oxfam America 

 

“In Teach a Woman to Fish, Women Thrive Worldwide President Ritu Sharma illuminates an elementary truth too often overlooked by policy makers and development practitioners: throughout the world, a woman carries burdens that are not shared by her brothers. Drawing on her experiences working with US political institutions, global development agencies, and with women on the ground, she concludes, convincingly, that women’s empowerment is both a fundamental driver and purpose of development.”--Oxfam's Politics of Poverty blog

About the Author

Ritu Sharma is a leading voice on international women’s issues and US foreign policy. She is co-founder of Women Thrive Worldwide, a non-profit that places the concerns of women and girls living in poverty at the forefront of US international assistance. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on September 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Ritu Sharma, co-founder of Women Thrive, has written a stunning account of her travels through Sri Lanka, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Burkina Faso--countries where her organization has worked with grassroots women's groups regarding poverty issues. Sharma's narrative includes a powerful collection of stories about the women from these four countries who have been learning how to overcome the forces of poverty. She also takes readers "one step further than other books that have popularized global poverty issues" by raising awareness "to the broader systems that prevent women from leaving poverty behind."

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, "women reinvest about 90 percent of their income in their children rather than in themselves..." That being said, Sharma's underlying mantra throughout her narrative holds true: "When you teach a woman to fish, everyone eats. Development aid projects that overlook women miss their best opportunity to end the cycle of poverty."

Sharma first takes readers into Sri Lanka a year after the 2004 tsunami devastation. The information she shares is heartbreaking, since the majority of those who died as a result of the tsunami were women and children. Empowering Sri Lankan women and girls to move on is a daunting task because of the many forces that keep them impoverished, such as a dictatorial government system and a society that is ruled by men. In order for them to survive it is imperative for mothers to work from home. Girls either enter the exported labor force working as maids in the Middle East, or live in deplorable conditions so they can work in Export Processing Zone factories.

Next on Sharma's journey are the countries of Honduras and Nicaragua.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Magner on August 15, 2014
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Amazing. As I'm reading this, I'm learning so much, and I want to join Ritu in helping the women of the world become secure and make the choices that are right for their families. Such a great book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher T Burley on July 13, 2014
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Compelling stories + calls to action make this a must-read for anyone committed to the global movement for women's equality.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By d jones on August 16, 2014
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Not my kind of book. I tried to find a reason to keep reading but couldn't. It wasn't what I had hoped for.
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