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#1 National Bestseller From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era&'s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. With Pulitzer Prize winners...


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#1 National Bestseller

From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era&'s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.

They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.

-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 387958
  • Product Code 9780307387097
  • ISBN 0307387097
  • EAN 9780307387097
  • Pages 320
  • Department General Books
  • Category Women
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Vintage Books
  • Publication Date Jun 2010
  • Sales Rank 48037
  • Dimensions 202 x 131 x 23mm
  • Weight 0.317kg

Sheryl Wudunn

Sheryl WuDunn won a Pulitzer Prize with her husband in 1990 for their coverage for the New York Times of the Tiananmen democracy movement in China. She also coauthored with her husband China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power. She has specialized in business journalism for the Times. She live in New York City with her husband.

Nicholas D Kristof

Nicholas D. Kristof shared a Pulitzer Prize with his wife in 1990 for their coverage for the New York Times of the Tiananmen democracy movement in China. He also coauthored China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power. Kristof has served as Times bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. He lives with his wife in New York City.

INTRODUCTION

The Girl Effect

What would men be without women? Scarce, sir, mighty scarce.

&- MARK TWAIN



Srey Rath is a self-confident Cambodian teenager whose black hair tumbles over a round, light brown face. She is in a crowded street market, standing beside a pushcart and telling her story calmly, with detachment. The only hint of anxiety or trauma is the way she often pushes her hair from in front of her black eyes, perhaps a nervous tic. Then she lowers her hand and her long fingers gesticulate and flutter in the air with incongruous grace as she recounts her odyssey.

Rath is short and small-boned, pretty, vibrant, and bubbly, a wisp of a girl whose negligible stature contrasts with an outsized and outgoing personality.When the skies abruptly release a tropical rain shower that drenches us, she simply laughs and rushes us to cover under a tin roof, and then cheerfully continues her story as the rain drums overhead. But Rath's attractiveness and winning personality are perilous bounties for a rural Cambodian girl, and her trusting nature and o

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