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The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from the Global Fight for Women's Rights [Kindle Edition]

Minky Worden , Christiane Amanpour
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“It’s a time of change in the world, with dictators toppling and new opportunities rising, but any revolution that doesn’t create equality for women will be incomplete. The time has come to realize the full potential of half the world’s population.” —Christiane Amanpour, from the foreword
The Unfinished Revolution tells the story of the global struggle to secure basic rights for women and girls, including in the Middle East where the Arab Spring raised high hopes, but the political revolutions are so far insufficient to guarantee progress. Around the world, women and girls are trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery, trapped in conflict zones where rape is a weapon of war, prevented from attending school, and kept from making deeply personal choices in their private lives, such as whom and when to marry. In many countries, women are second-class citizens by law. In others, religion and traditions block freedoms such as the right to work, study or access health care. Even in the United States, women who are victims of sexual violence often do not see their attackers brought to justice.
More than 30 writers—Nobel Prize laureates, leading activists, top policymakers, and former victims—have contributed to this anthology. Drawing from their rich personal experiences, they tackle some of the toughest questions and offer bold new approaches to problems affecting hundreds of millions of women. This volume is indispensable reading, providing thoughtful analysis from a never-before assembled group of advocates. It shows that the fight for women’s equality is far from over. As Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate says, “Women are not free anywhere in this world until all women in the world are free.”

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Inspired by the awarding of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize to three women for their nonviolent battles for the safety of women and human rights, Tawakkul Karman, of Yemen; Liberia’s Leymah Gbowee; and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first democratically elected female president, Worden, of Human Rights Watch, gathered together essays assessing the progress of worldwide rights for women and girls since the UN’s human rights conferences in the 1990s. The ongoing global struggle consists of three distinct spheres: economic issues (human trafficking, property rights); violence against women and their health rights (including genital mutilation); and harmful traditions (religious clothing restraints, so-called honor crimes). Contributors begin with Eleanor Roosevelt’s 1958 warning that Cold War politics threatened a doctrine of universal human rights transcending national sovereignty and move forward to today’s unequal property rights for African women and violence against immigrant women in America. Diverse voices of hopeless, hopeful, and boldly determined women from around the world constitute a compelling, multicultural resource supplemented by copious endnotes, a reading list, and an index. --Whitney Scott


"This compilation of commissioned essays, anecdotes, and photos presents a powerful overview of contemporary women's issues--from the unsettlingly enormous backlogs of untested rape kits in Los Angeles, to genital mutilation and child marriage in Kurdistan and Afghanistan--and the ongoing fight for women's rights around the world. While sociologically and academically relevant, this is a cohesive and eminently readable document that is simultaneously an inspiration and a call-to-action.”
Publisher’s Weekly

"Diverse voices of hopeless, hopeful, and boldly determined women from around the world comprise a compelling, multicultural resource...”

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  • File Size: 4948 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009LJOXYK
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (March 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K98PQ2
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read March 11, 2012
By K. Ng
What perfect timing for this book to be released--just months after three women leaders won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Unfinished Revolution is a great read, essential for any reader who is passionate about human rights, freedom, justice, and equality for all.

The most inspiring chapter for me was by Dr. Hawa Abdi. Dr. Hawa opened a one room clinic in Mogadishu in 1983 that has grown to a 400-bed hospital on her land that houses 90,000 internally displaced families. I was awed by her courage to stand up to Hizbul Islam and save thousands of lives in Somalia, where the UN and international aid agencies dare not go. In the book she writes: "I believe that a true hero must care for and develop her society, and in my place, the only way to do so is from the inside out." Dr. Hawa and the other brave voices in this book deserve this recognition from the largest possible audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fighting the good fight for women's rights April 9, 2012
By peter
Human trafficking, sexual and domestic violence, harmful traditional practices including child marriage and female genital mutilation, so-called "honor" crimes, preventable maternal deaths... The Unfinished Revolution explains why and how we must act to finally end the rights abuses still needlessly affecting millions of women and girls throughout the world. The 30+ essays in this anthology, by leading women's rights experts and activists including two Nobel Prize winners, tackle tough topics but also offer hope and fresh solutions. The book includes a striking photo essay and a useful bibliography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book April 9, 2012
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This collection of essays goes into some of the most pertinent women's issues of the day, offering a concise history of the struggle for recognition and equality.
The book ends with hopeful notes for the future, but only if we continue to push for women's rights and end cruelty globally.
The pictures in the middle also bring faces to the suffering and struggle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Human Rights for Women May 26, 2012
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This is a great book about the way women are still, in the 21st century, subjected to abuse and the denial of equality. It is especially useful to me in my role as an activist with Amnesty International for women's rights
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More About the Author

As Director of Global Initiatives for Human Rights Watch, Minky Worden develops international advocacy campaigns and monitors crises, wars, human rights abuses and political developments around the world. She previously served as Human Rights Watch's Media Director, as an adviser to Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee in Hong Kong, and as a speechwriter at the Justice Department in Washington, DC.

She is the editor of The Unfinished Revolution (Seven Stories Press 2012), on the global fight for women's rights; the editor of a book on reform in China, China's Great Leap (Seven Stories Press, 2008), and co-editor of Torture (The New Press, 2005). Ms. Worden is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, speaks Cantonese and German, and is a member of the Overseas Press Club's Board of Governors. She has three sons under 10 and grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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