Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power

On March 25, former President Jimmy Carter releases his new book,  Call To Action, that focuses on what he says is "the number one challenge in the world today." This is the discrimination and abuse against women.  The book builds on the work of faith leaders and courageous human rights defenders who met last summer at The Carter Center to mobilize faith groups worldwide to commit to advancing women's rights. Religion, they said, should be a force for equality and human dignity not oppression.

In his new book, President Carter argues that people's actions are guided by international agreements as well as their own moral values, most often derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Bible, the Koran, and other texts that proclaim a commitment to justice and mercy, equality of treatment between men and women, and a duty to alleviate suffering. He also asserts it is not possible to address the rights of women, the human and civil rights struggle of our time, without looking at factors that create an acceptance of violence in our society — violence that inevitably affects women disproportionately.

President Carter will be in Washington, DC on March 26th to discuss his book with Sally Quinn, founding editor of OnFaith in the Washington Post and David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist. You will be able to watch the interview on Washington Post Live.

You can find his book signing schedule HERE

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