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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; First Vintage Books Edition edition (5 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844086828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844086825
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliantly argued case for investing in the health and autonomy of women worldwide . . . Far from making moral appeals, the authors posit that it is impossible for countries to climb out of poverty if only a fraction of women participate in the labour force . . . The authors reveal local women to be the most effective change agents (Publishers')

Weekly (starred review) ('This wonderful book combines a denunciation of horrible abuses with clear-eyed hope and some compelling practical strategies. The courageous women described here, and millions more like them, deserve nothing less')

THE NEW YORK TIMES ('An inspiring testament to women's courage, and their struggle for hope and recovery')

Khaleid Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner ('These stories show us the power and resilience of women who would have every reason to give up but never do . . . You will not want to put this book down')

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A call to arms against the most pervasive human rights violation of the 21st century: the oppression of women in the developing world.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 6 Sept. 2010
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This is a wonderful book, many of the stories are very upsetting to read but,these stories are told alongside tales of inspiration. Women who against all the odds have pulled themselves out of their situation to make massive changes to their own lives and the world around them. I particularly enjoyed the fact that there were numerous practical suggestions on how you and I can make the world a better place. I have started sending this one to friends... it's definately worth a read and then passing it on.
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Half the sky is brilliant. i read it in the space of 4 days because i just couldn't put it down. Nicholas Kristof fills this book with stories aout how trafficking is a major problem around the world. How can female pregnancy deaths are shockingly high? Why is the govt not doing anything about these problems? Can we abolish sex slavery? Can we abolish the high death rates for female pregnancy? What can you do to help? Seeming as there is hope because we managed to abolish black slavery!!!!
All these questions and many more are answered in this book:)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Zoony on 15 Oct. 2009
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While this book is not a light read - it has some gut wrenching stories of suffering that, if they were about citizens of any Western nation, would make media headlines internationally - it is also hugely inspiring and upifting. What seems clear from these pages, which was echoed by Greg Mortenson in his wonderful "Three Cups of Tea", is that educating, empowering and supporting women and girls in the developing world is probably not only the right and moral thing to do, but also our best chance to counteract the growing worldwide culture of extremism and terrorism. This book is the most powerful call to arms I have come across in recent years!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hathor on 8 July 2010
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This is not just a read - albeit an essential read as other reviewers have said. This book is a call to action. Forget the Book Club format of just sitting around discussing and socialising, this book requires action. Direct accounts of life experiences, often shocking but always inspiring, means that our lives and the lives of those in this book directly connect and these are presented in such a way that we cannot ignore the connection, nor can we remain passive.

It is a call to action where individuals can respond at the local level or the global - you choose. But for those of us privileged to have choices in our lives - we must choose what from of action to take in response to this inspiring book.

The implications are too great, the potential change too profound.

Indeed, not just an amazing read...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Whui W. Lim on 1 Dec. 2010
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This book opened my eyes up to the issues surrounding female rights around the world, from honor killings, rapes to female genital mutilation. While I was researching on Female Genital Mutilation to deliver a presentation, my friend introduced me to this book which I promptly read from cover to cover. Whilst reading each story, I was filled with anger at the circumstances these women were in, but yet, often at the end of each story, there would be a silver lining, portraying how a woman's strength and courage can lift them up and away from undesirable circumstances. The selflessness and bravado of these women led me to examine my own life and what I can do to help out in the future, in whatever small way I can.

I was always interested in female issues but never found something which would stop me in the tracks of my everyday life and make me think this hard as to what I can do to contribute. This book did just that. If you are interested in female rights, maternal mortality, or simply, what actually goes on in countries less advanced in terms of female rights progression than ours, this book is well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sofia on 1 May 2013
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even though I don't agree with everything the authors say the stories told and the way they were told made it an excellent read. this is not an easy-to-read book in the sense that it's not pleasant at all. most of the stories are really tragic and maybe disheartening. what I really liked is that each chapter is divided in 2: the first par tells the story and the reality. the second part tells you what you can do to change this situation by joining forces with someone else who is already helping out. so in the end, the reader, is not only informed but also encouraged to take action. I love the way the book was written and I think it's a must-read for everyone who wants to be an informed global citizen and make this world a better place for everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Miller on 15 Sept. 2010
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This is possibly the most important book I ve read in years. the other reviews document what it covers, but it impossible to convey how you become drawn in to a whole world of suffering and abuse, and yet at the same time the authors make sure you are not overwhelmed and made despairing by it. They enpower you to do something about the situation of women and children who are so badly treated, and show you how there is a practical way in which you can help and make a real difference.Read this book, pass it on, buy one for your friends.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AvidReader on 23 Mar. 2011
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I was gazing up at the Politics section of the bookshelf, not looking for anything in particular.
I think I was just passing through.
All these loud, overstated books kept shouting down at me, their covers so noisy and cynical, when an unassuming book whispered to me from the highest shelf.
"Half the Sky" confessed to know "How to change the world".
My shopping rule is: if I'm still thinking about something after 3 days, then I purchase it.
"Half the Sky's" gentle whisper never left my thoughts.
Be warned: you must be brave - it's a difficult journey. Authors Nicholas and Sheryl take you deep down into the most immoral and desperate part of human affliction, you'll cry, question and rage in the first few chapters of "Half the Sky" but keep reading, there is a beautiful, wonderfully wise and powerful conclusion that will inspire you into right action (it did me).

"Half the Sky" is the book that has finally given women all over the world, one united voice.
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