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5.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful book that with its never enough mentioned theme of women's rights resonates strongly, 11 April 2014
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Denis Vukosav - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power (Hardcover)
`A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power' written by former US President Jimmy Carter is a very powerful book that with its never enough mentioned theme of women's rights resonates strongly.

Jimmy Carter succeeded in little more than two hundred pages to make an excellent overview of the most serious cases of women's rights violations, to point out the problems that women face these days all around the world, but also address a strong critique to some countries that are struggling mightily to polish their image towards the world, although in same time carry out disguised or less disguised policy of systematic women abuse.

At the beginning of the book Carter brought up the thesis that is commonly used around the world to justify such cases, regardless of skin color, religion and even the financial situation that prevails in countries that are characterized by such unjust practices - "...this system is based on the presumption that men and boys are superior to women and girls, and it is supported by some male religious leaders who distort the Holy Bible, the Koran, and other secret texts to perpetuate their claim that females are, in some basic ways, inferior to them, unqualified to serve God on equal terms. Many men disagree but remain quiet in order to enjoy the benefits of their dominant status. This false premise provides a justification for sexual discrimination in almost every realm of secular and religious life. Some men even cite this premise to justify physical punishment of women and girls."

For this reason `A Call to Action' is a real call to action, a great reminder to all those who, due to higher goals or interests, close their eyes to the known cases, and we can only hope that Jimmy Carter and his book will also help that one day in the history books will be written that such cases shameful for humanity disappeared in 21st century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately encouraging and very sobering, 20 July 2014
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future blonde (antwerp, belgium) - See all my reviews
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I've always admired Jimmy Carter without knowing much about him. What is great about this book, is that it is a true call to action. He doesn't just babble about Christian principles. He lives them as he understands them. I am an ardent humanist and have no problem with Carter's Christianity. He dares to go against powerful forces that would keep women down forever, disallow birth control or any decent, humanistic medical practice regarding human sexuality. It was so powerful, and so upsetting, that I was depressed for a few days after reading it. On the other hand, he and his working partners have saved the lives of countless people and helped to make life worth living for them. He also turns a very bright light on anti-progressive forces at work in America against women's rights as employees and as sexual beings apart from conventional stereotypes; and on the violence that they suffer in their work and family lives in the western world. I hope this encourages you to choose to read this book and to be more certain in your progressive attitudes and to become more active in promoting progressive social policies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 July 2014
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P. Fairhurst (Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England) - See all my reviews
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Excellent commentary on the main abuses faced by women today and our responsibility to help.
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