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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

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

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781609803872
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609803872
  • ASIN: 1609803876
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Ng on March 11, 2012
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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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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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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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I recommend this book. It isn't easy to sit and read in one sitting but I found I would pick it up occasionally and read a chapter since it is an anthology, it worked well. There are perspectives from women who live these issues so it goes well beyond an academic view.
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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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