A call to action [women, religion, violence and power]

Jimmy Carter, 1924-

Sound recording - 2014

"The world's discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter's call to action. President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation. Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and "owned" by men in others, forced to suff...er servitude, child marriage, and genital cutting. The most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence. A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse. President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have visited 145 countries, and The Carter Center has had active projects in more than half of them. Around the world, they have seen inequality rising rapidly with each passing decade. This is true in both rich and poor countries, and among the citizens within them. Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of courageous women from all regions and all major religions to demonstrate that women around the world, more than half of all human beings, are being denied equal rights. This is an informed and passionate charge about a devastating effect on economic prosperity and unconscionable human suffering. It affects us all"--

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Published
New York : Audioworks p2014.
New York : Simon & Schuster Audio p2014.
℗2014.
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Item Description
Subtitle from container.
Compact discs.
Physical Description
6 audio discs (approximately 6 hours, 30 min.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN
9781442372641
1442372648
Main Author
Jimmy Carter, 1924- (-)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Since founding the Carter Center in 1982 with his wife, Rosalyn, former U.S. president Carter has worked tirelessly to improve living conditions around the world. As a global peace worker, he witnesses the widespread mistreatment of women that is justified by religious texts and discriminatory laws. Despite already being the author of 27 well-regarded works, Carter states in his introduction that he believes this is "by far the most important" book of his career. Each chapter is devoted to an issue or practice that threatens the world's women. The author's devout Baptist beliefs heavily influence his arguments, but he also makes an effort to analyze issues through the lens of all the major world religions. The former president closes his book with 23 pointed actions that he believes will alleviate discrimination against women. Unfortunately, he directs the bulk of his excellent suggestions at world leaders and policymakers, leaving compassionate but politically unconnected listeners without a plan of action apart from lobbying elected officials. VERDICT An exceptional consciousness-raising book about global sexual discrimination. Recommended for all collections. ["Women's studies scholars and readers interested in international human rights may find these accounts of discrimination and abuse disturbing but should be challenged to respond to Carter's call for action," read the review of the S. & S. hc, LJ 6/15/14.]—Julie Judkins, Univ. of North Texas, Denton [Page 49]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Carter addresses the many cultural and institutional issues that put women at a disadvantage in the U.S. and abroad. He calls upon religious leaders, world leaders, and activists to fight for women's rights and guarantee parity in all aspects of life. Unfortunately, Carter is an ineffective narrator. He does not project the energy needed to engage listeners. Carter's narration lacks clarity, and his pronunciation is at times hard to decipher. His performance ultimately undermines the powerful message of his book. A Simon & Schuster hardcover. (Apr.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Carter addresses the many cultural and institutional issues that put women at a disadvantage in the U.S. and abroad. He calls upon religious leaders, world leaders, and activists to fight for women's rights and guarantee parity in all aspects of life. Unfortunately, Carter is an ineffective narrator. He does not project the energy needed to engage listeners. Carter's narration lacks clarity, and his pronunciation is at times hard to decipher. His performance ultimately undermines the powerful message of his book. A Simon & Schuster hardcover. (Apr.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Looks at the suffering, discrimination, and abuse suffered by women throughout the world, often as a result of distorted readings of religious texts, as witnessed by the author and the testimony of women representing different regions and religions.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In the highly acclaimed bestselling A Call to Action, President Jimmy Carter addresses the world&;s most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: the ongoing discrimination and violence against women and girls.President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation. Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and &;owned&; by men in others, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, and genital cutting. The most vulnerable and their children are trapped in war and violence.A Call to Action addresses the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse. Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of courageous women from all regions and all major religions to demonstrate that women around the world, more than half of all human beings, are being denied equal rights. This is an informed and passionate charge about a devastating effect on economic prosperity and unconscionable human suffering. It affects us all.