Gender Inequality

The hidden mistreatment that women face around the world

Half The Sky: turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide

Half The Sky, written by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, is a biography about many different women's personal stories about mistreatment and abuse in foreign countries. The authors travel around to desolate and poorer countries to learn and be educated about the disrespect that women recieve from the men and citizens in their country. The personal stories range from abuse, prostitution, mortality during child birth, to being abandoned as a child and being sold off to an older man at a young age to get married.

Statistics

"30 percent and 60 percent of women had experience physical or sexual violence by a husband or boyfriend" (61).

"There are 2 to 3 million prostitutes in India" (5).

"Country of Niger, where a girl or woman stands a 1-in-7 chance of dying in child birth...United States, the lifetime risk is 1 in 4,800" (99).

"Momm, like many brothel girls, had become addicted to methamphetamines" (39).

"85 percent of the women have been able to stay out of prostitution, while 15 percent have returned" (59).

Half the Sky Movement: Zainab Salibi on Gender Equality