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The suffering of women and girls can be alleviated when individuals take forceful actions, which can impact larger society, asserts President Carter in his new book “A Call to Action.” Political and religious leaders share a special responsibility, but the fact is that all of us can act within our own spheres of influence to meet these challenges.

In “A Call To Action,” President Carter suggests 23 steps that can help blaze the road to progress.

Tell us in the comments below how you are working to fight discrimination against and abuse of girls and women in your community, nation, or worldwide.

  1. Encourage women and girls, including those not abused, to speak out more forcefully. It is imperative that those who do speak out are protected from retaliation.
  2. Remind political and religious leaders of the abuses and what they can do to alleviate them.
  3. Encourage these same leaders to become supporters of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and other U.N. agencies that advance human rights and peace.
  4. Encourage religious and political leaders to relegate warfare and violence to a last resort as a solution to terrorism and national security challenges.
  5. Abandon the death penalty and seek to rehabilitate criminals instead of relying on excessive incarceration, especially for nonviolent offenders.
  6. Marshal the efforts of women officeholders and first ladies, and encourage involvement of prominent civilian women in correcting abuses.
  7. Induce individual nations to elevate the end of human trafficking to a top priority, as they did to end slavery in the nineteenth century.
  8. Help remove commanding officers from control over cases of sexual abuse in the military so that professional prosecutors can take action.
  9. Apply title IX protection for women students and evolve laws and procedures in all nations to reduce the plague of sexual abuse on university campuses.
  10. Include women’s rights specifically in new U.N. Millennium Development Goals.
  11. Expose and condemn infanticide of baby girls and selective abortion of female fetuses.
  12. Explore alternatives to battered women’s shelters, such as installing GPS locators on male abusers, and make police reports of spousal abuse mandatory.
  13. Strengthen U.N. and other legal impediments to ending genital mutilation, child marriage, trafficking, and other abuses of girls and women.
  14. Increase training of midwives and other health workers to provide care at birth.
  15. Help scholars working to clarify religious beliefs on protecting women’s rights and nonviolence, and give activists and practitioners access to such training resources.
  16. Insist that the U.S. Senate ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
  17. Insist that the United States adopt the International Violence Against Women Act.
  18. Encourage more qualified women to seek public office, and support them.
  19. Recruit influential men to assist in gaining equal rights for women.
  20. Adopt the Swedish model by prosecuting pimps, brothel owners, and male customers, not the prostitutes.
  21. Publicize and implement U.N. Security Resolution 1325, which encourages the participation of women in peace efforts.
  22. Publicize and implement U.N. Security Resolution 1820, which condemns the use of sexual violence as a tool of war.
  23. Condemn and outlaw honor killings.

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  • 1

    Karin Ryan on March 17, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Welcome to the conversation!

    My name is Karin Ryan and I am The Carter Center’s Senior Adviser for Human Rights. We are anxious to hear your ideas about what can be done to advance the human rights of girls and women. We are especially interested in how people are addressing the underlying causes of the deprivation of these rights: patriarchal interpretation of religious scriptures, and the normalization of violence.

    I will be posting information and ideas here and would love to engage with those of you who are taking action in your own families and communities.

    We are looking forward to the dialogue!

    Karin D. Ryan
    Senior Adviser for Human Rights
    The Carter Center

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    ِِِAhmed Mohamed Said on March 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    We are working in the field of women’s rights in Egypt through the publication and explaining of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
    And in the last five years,
    We have established about 1,000 lawsuits in the following fields:-
    – Women’s access to divorce to do not force it to miserable life.
    – Fight against family violence.
    – Enable women to get their financial rights associated with the marital relationship.
    – Women’s rights to breeding and seeing her children after divorce.
    We finished about 90% of those cases successfully.
    We practiced many of these cases for free to consolidate and support the rights of women.
    And we are continuing to intensify our efforts and development in this field because women are half of society.

  • 3

    Karin Ryan on March 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Dear Ahmed Said,

    Your efforts are very encouraging! Can you tell the name of your organization? I was recently in Egypt and am learning about the very good work being carried out by NGOs in this field.

    Can you share any stories of women and/or families you have helped? Stories are a great way to inspire others to act.

    thank you for taking the time to share your great work.

    Karin Ryan

  • 4

    Kathy Bergman on March 20, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Hi, I am Kathy Bergman and I am a firm believer that self confidence and respect of ourselves and others is the foundation to build on for both genders. Young men need to learn proper respect for women from their homelife and vice versa. Then as they mature they will have a firm foundation to draw from. It doesn’t matter if later in life, whether in the workplace or personal life those key traits will benefit when dealing with others.

    I also feel the strength of the family unit plays a major roll with attitudes and role modeling for the young ones forming their own ways. So, actually women need to be always striving to improve their examples. There are alot of educational programs that benefit young Moms and families to improve the upbringing of the children. I personally think that incorporating programs like those, even globally, would potentially allow for changes to be seen. Once in prison, not too late but harder to control. Thanks, Kathy

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    Alexis Henshaw on March 20, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I am a visiting faculty member at Sweet Briar College, a women’s college in Sweet Briar, VA. My research focuses on women’s issues and human security, and I currently teach courses on international law, conflict resolution, and women, law, and politics. The issues affecting women and girls here and around the world are an important part of all of my courses. This year, Sweet Briar also chose the book “Half the Sky” as a community reading for incoming students. As a result, our community has had a lot of discussion about why violence against women persists, and how to move beyond the norms and belief systems that keep women from achieving their full potential. Many of our students participate in activism outside the classroom, including microlending and travel/internships abroad.

    I’m so happy President Carter and the Carter Center are bringing this issue into focus, and look forward to seeing what others are doing elsewhere in the world!

  • 6

    Ahmed Said on March 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Dear Ms. Karin,
    I wish you are fine.
    My organization name is Legal Crises Consultants (L.C.C.), an Egyptian law firm established in accordance of the Egyptian Law No. 17 of 1983. L.C.C. is practicing all the legal activities , and provides to its clients professional, genuine and accurate legal services. Our services based on a professional legal team possess a unique advocacy methodology and highest levels of legal studies.
    Firstly, we practiced 5 % of women’s rights lawsuits for free. to support women who can’t pay.
    Secondly, unfortunately, the stories about the women’s issues that we have helped cannot be published, because L.C.C. has a privacy policy which imposes confidentiality of our clients and not to share their stories.
    Thirdly, we respect your point of view that the stories are a great way to inspire others to act. But the magazines and newspapers are already full of stories about family violence but these stories did not change anything.
    Fourthly, I support your efforts to help women so, I can share some statistical information that has been gained from our work in this field, for example:
    1- The cause of family violence in 70% of the cases that we supported was due to financial problems, and 30% of the cases were due to Ignorance and lack of urbanization.
    2- 58 % of the divorce cases in 2013 were done during the first year of marriage, and it was 52% in 2012.
    This information and other information could be shared together.
    Fifthly, in the context of our work to publication and explaining human rights,we have wrote and published a book and several articles in Arabic: explaining to the Egyptian citizens their basic rights, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the Egyptian constitution and the Egyptian laws, and if you have time we can send you a copy of them.
    In the end, if you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.
    Regards,
    Ahmed Said

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    Lisa Parsons on March 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I am Lisa Parsons, a social justice advocate, Peace Ambassador, and catalyst for causes which help promote the human race to consciously evolve. As part of the core team for ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE in Atlanta, we very much appreciate the information, stories, and action steps President Carter has put together to help the global community work toward resolving the issues of inequality and violence in the treatment of women. We have recently formed an international, Atlanta based committee to focus on bringing the work assembled in President Carters new book to the One Billion Rising for Justice network worldwide in an effort to springboard serious discussions and positive steps toward resolution at both global and local levels. We also plan to help facilitate the combined forces of the Carter Center, King Center, One Billion Rising for Justice and others working for Human Rights and Justice issues particularly around women’s issues, violence, and human rights. We invite Co-creators and collaborators that wish to help us weave a beautiful, resilient tapestry of love and action. Come join us as we shine a light on issues that are unjust until they are brought from the shadows and changed, and as we write our chapter of history to reflect the compassion and justice of who we choose to be.
    Contact at parsons.ld@gmail.com

  • 8

    Thomas Mitro on March 24, 2014 at 10:54 am

    In 2007 we started Indego Africa, an NGO to help raise women in Rwanda out of poverty by providing cooperatives of women with business and health-related skills and to assist them to reach international markets to sell traditional and new design handicrafts. A unique part of the approach is to formally measure the Socail Impact of this effort by tracking changes in ability to send kids to school, afford medical care, improve nutrition, find decent housing and open bank accounts.

    This work has demonstrated the strength of women around the world and what they can achieve if provided basic opportunities to learn and work in peace and in health.

  • 9

    Dorothy Tompkins on March 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I volunteer in the local jail Reentry Program, teaching two classes. In one class I emphasize taking responsibility for oneself and standing up against abuse. (There is no excuse for abuse, no matter how many mistakes one has made, no matter what has gone on in the past.) In the other, a gardening class, two or more of us teach gardening, but more importantly role model women working together.

  • 10

    Izzeldin Abdalla on March 25, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Really I hope more to be with you Carter, it is good that you make this book and I have some other infos for the coming one.

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    Lori Freudenberg on March 25, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I am a co-coordinator of the Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking. In the past year, we have formed an anti-trafficking committee in our community: Clinton, Iowa. We work to raise awareness, educate the public and train hotels, law enforcement, medial personnel and social workers to look for signs and help rescue and restore survivors. We also advocate our local, state and federal legislators to create, improve and enforce legislation to protect women and girls so that they don’t become victims or at the very least, work to prosecute the pimps and not the victims. I am always encouraged that there are so many other groups doing the same thing around the world, in large cities and small towns. Educating our young people to respect themselves and thereby eliminating the demand for human trafficking is also an on-going project. I applaud your work for these efforts and bringing it to light for so many people who still don’t believe it’s going on.

  • 12

    Susan Markham on March 25, 2014 at 11:23 am

    The National Democratic Institute (NDI) has worked for 30 years with women in politics – citizens, activists, voters, party members, candidates and office holders. We believe that only when women are in office and public life can they change their communities and countries, creating better economies, advancing women’s rights, ending violence that disproportionately affects women and building sustainable peace.

  • 13

    Luz Stella Losada on March 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

    The suffering and discrimination of women and girls in Bolivia is indescribable. The worst thing is the conspiracy of silence and impunity with the aggressors socially with those who use sexuality as a tool to delegate, humiliate and “break” women and girls. We much appreciate this call for action at a global level. This generation cannot continue ignoring what has been ignored for centuries.

  • 14

    Luz Stella Losada on March 25, 2014 at 11:51 am

    One of the programs we have in Cochabamba is “El Centro Una Brisa de Esperanza” (CUBE) for children victims from sexual abuse. We have 1235 victims in the program. We have to do incredible efforts to criminalize sexual predators, and to overcome the multiple obstacles the juridical system has for victims from sexual aggressions. Fortunately we count with the most committed women, and some men, to support this program. Our faith has pay a central role on getting the needed strength to maintain this and other programs running.

  • 15

    Carol J Griesemer on March 25, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I have work a high school and grade school teacher and counselor to educate women and to teach them to think for themselves and that their worth is equal to that of men’s and boys’ for 46 years or more. Now that I am retired, I support these goals through letter-writing to legislators, judges and others on a regular basis.

  • 16

    Karin Ryan on March 25, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Dear Kathy Bergman,

    Thank you for your post. I agree with you that working to reinforce family well-being is so important–this is the place where respect and justice, or lack thereof, are modeled and learned by every human being.

    When men and women who are parents treat each other with love, respect, and encouragement, children are happier and more successful. Tragically, domestic violence and abuse passes down through the generations, presenting children with a far more painful and destructive model to follow.

    1 in 3 women will experience “intimate violence” in her lifetime. That means more than one billion women in this world are subjected to violence from their intimate partners. So, we know that the destruction of the family is a real consequence of this reality.

    It is important for any person within a family to understand what respect and justice look like, and what they can do if they do not receive it. One important step is for society to recognize the problem and stand with anyone who is the victim of abuse. This, we can all do. And often that means standing up for ourselves.

    Then, our children will build families that are based on reciprocal affection and trust–this is when every person within the family will experience well-being.

    Thanks you for your thoughts and your work.

    Karin Ryan

  • 17

    Karin Ryan on March 25, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Dear Alexis Henshaw,

    Thank you for your kind words of encouragement! It is gratifying that you are teaching this important information to your students. “Half the Sky” is a very inspiring book because it helps the public understand the scale and scope of the problems facing women, but also the heroic efforts underway to find solutions. It is so important that we focus on what can and must be done–otherwise we can become overwhelmed in the tragedy of it all.

    I hope you will encourage your students and members of the community to contribute their thoughts to this blog, or the various conversations taking place on twitter and other places around this book–lots of good material to discuss!

    Karin Ryan

  • 18

    Karin Ryan on March 25, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Dear Ahmed Said,

    I admire your good work to help others with these very difficult issues. It is commendable also that you offer services to so many who do not have the resources to pay for legal services.

    It is also important that you rely on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with you countrymen and women. This is a common heritage that we all share–equal rights under a global agreement of human values!

    Hopefully I will see you in Egypt one day as we look for opportunities to encourage such important work!

    Please send all your colleagues our best regards from Atlanta.

    Karin Ryan

  • 19

    Karin Ryan on March 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you Lisa Parsons! You are an inspiration to so many activists and concerned citizens because you constantly ask: “What can be done?”

    I echo your invitation to all people who want to be part of something exciting to use this opportunity to spark conversations in your communities and look for what is needed close to home in order to improve the well-being of our communities!

    ONE BILLION RISING is a fantastic platform through which people can connect and organize efforts to advance the rights of women and girls. Everyone should go on the website and get involved! Here it is:

    http://www.onebillionrising.org/

    Let’s all rise together for justice and well-being!

    Karin Ryan

  • 20

    Karin Ryan on March 25, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Dear Thomas Mitro,

    Great work! I checked out your website http://www.indegoafrica.org/ which is fantastic. Economic opportunity for women is a huge key to solving so many problems facing women–I hope everyone who reads this goes on your website and purchases something that will support women entrepreneurs.

    Best of luck! Karin Ryan

  • 21

    Karin Ryan on March 25, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Dear Dorothy Tompkins,

    Working with women who are incarcerated is a great way to help! It’s not easy to stand up firmly against abusers, so you work is so important.

    The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women recently wrote a report, available here: http://ihrclinic.uchicago.edu/news/un-special-rapporteur-releases-report-acknowledges-expert-input-received-university-chicago-law, which illustrates that there is a strong link between violence against women and women’s incarceration, whether prior to, during or after incarceration.

    President Carter’s book discusses the idea that mass incarceration in the US leads to an overall acceptance of violence as away to solve our deeper problems–just like the death penalty and foreign wars. He says that violence cannot solve such problems–it only makes solutions more elusive.

    All the best to you,

    Karin Ryan

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    Dick Lowenstein on March 26, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I heard Jimmy Carter tonight, March 25, speak on the PBS NewsHour. Nowhere in his remarks did he condemn Muslim honor killings, though it appears as No.23 and last on his Call to Action list. A least it made his list though, candidly, it was surprise that it even made his list

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    karindryan on April 3, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Thank you Dick Lowenstein for raising the issue of so called “honor killings.” President Carter does address this horrific problem in the book. I would also direct you the incredible work of Rana Husseini, a Jordanian journalist who worked for 15 years to finally get tough laws passed that criminalize this practice in Jordan. She wrote a wonderful book called “Killing in the Name of Honor,” which I would recommend highly. Here is her website:

    http://www.ranahusseini.com/

    Best wishes to you–I hope your continue to work for human rights!

    Karin Ryan

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    ِِِAhmed Said on March 27, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Dear Ms. Karin,
    Welcome in EGYPT at any time.
    Please tell us how we can help you?. To achieve your great goals in supporting women’s rights in particular. And supporting human rights in general.

    We believe that prevention is better than cure. We see that there is a direct correlation between ignorance and family violence.
    So, we prepare a plan to combat family violence.
      Through two ways:
    1 – facing of ignorance. Through explaining to the Egyptian citizens their basic Human Rights.
    2 – Work to move the lawsuits to punish the perpetrator of family violence.

    We will be happy If we can cooperate with those who intereste in human rights, in preparation of our plan. As well as cooperation in the exchange of information and experiences related to the defense of human rights.
    so everyone intereste in human rights can contact us by this Email: info@lcceg.com

    Ahmed Said
    Chairman & Co-Founder at http://www.lcceg.com

  • 25

    karindryan on April 3, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Dear Ahmed Said,

    Thank you again! When I am next in Egypt I will call you so we can meet.

    Best wishes to you and your colleagues! Your work is so important!

    Karin Ryan

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    Babette Lubben on March 27, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    How about talking about the male perpetrators? There is a global crisis in male disregard for their responsibilities. Change will not happen until men are held accountable. This must be the focus of your work to show real leadership to make a difference for girls and women.

  • 27

    karindryan on April 3, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Dear Babette Lubben,

    You are right! This is one reason why President Carter felt the need to bring attention to this issue–it is NOT a “women’s issue,” this is a HUMAN issue. As the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

    Men are a key to the solution. We are working with an amazing group called Tostan which involved men and women, religious and traditional leaders, to change social norms and eliminate harmful practices like genital cutting–which Tostan has helped eliminate in nearly 6,000 villages in Africa! Here is their website:

    http://www.tostan.org/

    I hope you will continue your interest in this work! We would love to hear about your activities if you want to share them here.

    Best wishes, Karin Ryan

  • 28

    James Lombardi on March 27, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I heard President Carter on the News Hour discuss his latest book and his focus on global discrimination against women and girls. He said he wanted to spend the rest of the remaining years of his life on the issue. I’d like to help him by making a charitable contribution earmarked for this purpose. Let me know if I can do so.

  • 29

    karindryan on April 3, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Dear James Lombardi,

    Thank you for your interest! I will email you with information on how to contribute to this project.

    Best wishes, Karin Ryan

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    Stacey Keare on March 28, 2014 at 9:17 am

    My name is Stacey and I started an organization called Girls Rights Project to support organizations worldwide helping girls achieve dignity, equality and respect they deserve. We focus on education, anti-trafficking, efforts to end child marriage and improve health care and human rights.

  • 31

    karindryan on April 3, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Dear Stacey Keare,

    Congratulations on your important work! It is heartening to learn about the many dedicated people working on these issues. Pleas convey our gratitude to your friends and colleagues working toward justice for women and girls.

    All my best wishes, Karin Ryan

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    G deforge on March 29, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Change media from smut to positive family values. Encourage the beauty of the arts. Educate the youth through nurturing school and local library and community center programs. Educate women, girls, and young men in hands on crafting and farming so as to encourage wholesome and positive interaction for life. Thank you for your consideration and work in these matters.

  • 33

    laughshesaid on March 31, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Dear Karin,
    My name is Patricia Michael Melnice, and I founded a nonprofit, http://www.toughangels.org, after a 6 month stay in South Africa rescuing children and infants who’d been raped. Even though I am one woman with a small grassroots organization, I’ve been able to have an impact and my projects are in S. Africa, Kenya, and S. Sudan. I learned early on that reasons for rape and violence differ greatly from one culture to the next, and there isn’t a one size fits all formula to end it. Understanding and having respect for this has allowed me to have a greater impact. In the forefront of our work at Tough Angels is “No New Damage”. Rape and violence hides within patriarchal norms, religion, superstitions, and survival, where rape can become transactional for food and water. In Lodwar, Kenya where we are building a gender based violence resource center, we had to be open to the needs of the community. We readjusted our plans and first put in a women’s sustainable agriculture project. This changed the social status of the women in the community and gave them more worth. Not only is it providing food for 500 families, it begins to reshape the way women are seen and valued. It is working. Now the walls of the GBV Resource Center are going up. Had we gone in with a preconceived idea of how to address GBV, we might’ve missed their unique needs. I sometimes feel like I’m throwing a teaspoon of water into the ocean, but then there are victories that remind me, doing this work is worth every penny, every risk, every sacrifice. Thank you to President Carter for his powerful voice on this global atrocity. We will not give up.

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    karindryan on April 3, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Dear Patricia,

    Your post made me so happy, and emotional too! You have it exactly right–we can only help if we stop to really understand what is happening and first LISTENING carefully to the people in the communities we hope to serve–both the men and the women–in order to achieve that level of understanding. I sometimes wonder what we might achieve if all of the aid dollars could be applied only AFTER this kind of approach. So often, “solutions” are brought in from outside–nothing works that way.

    I am in awe of your work–I know you won’t give up, it is obvious from your passion. Please convey all of our gratitude to your friends and colleagues. Your efforts are more than a teaspoon in a ocean. I love the saying that if you save one person, it is like saving all humanity. Because what else can one person do?

    Bless you, Karin Ryan

  • 35

    Maz Kessler on March 31, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Hey, Karin – My name is Maz Kessler and I’m the founder of Catapult, a crowdfunding platform for girls and women’s equality. Catapult is fighting for a world where all girls and women are assured of their basic equal and human rights.
    Two years ago it was clear that there wasn’t nearly enough support and funding for girls and women’s human rights. So we decided to do something about it, and built a new, open platform that enables people everywhere to take action for girls and women.
    Catapult launched just over a year ago and has already had real impact, funding over 300 girls and women’s human rights projects in more than 80 countries. Catapult partners with qualified organizations and raises funds from people worldwide, as well as companies who share our goals. Catapult helps people use the open democracy of the web to connect to girls and women’s human rights defenders and support the initiatives closest to their hearts.
    Catapult is about listening – we believe that girls and women are not victims, but agents of change in their own lives and communities – they just need our support.
    We would love to talk with you about possible collaboration. The book is tremendous.
    Here are some links to information about Catapult:
    Main site: http://www.catapult.org
    Impact and all fully funded projects: http://www.catapult.org/project-funded
    2-minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLHY_c80rbw
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Catapult.org
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/WeCatapult
    We look forward to hearing from you – thank you, Maz.

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    justmary on April 1, 2014 at 10:06 am

    What do the vicious gang rape of a young medical student in India and the crackdown on American Women Religious by the Vatican have in common? One word: patriarchy. To be sure there is no comparison in terms of brutality or in the outcome; horrific death in the former, male authority and control in the latter. But the underlying causation can be traced to the same root: male domination and its preservation. It attempts to justify the brutality by insisting on the authority: Only males have certain rights and privileges which women should never try to obtain. The oppressor deftly endeavors to blame the victims for its outrages: “The rape victim was asking for it” “The women religious never addressed our demands.”
    Women are seen as the property of males, not as their equals. As long as this status quo remains and is even upheld by religions worldwide, brutal rapes, sexual assault, degradation and harassment, will go hand in hand with daily debasement, belittling, derision and condescension. Patronizing and patriarchy have the same root “pater.”
    The answer to both concerns is equality, pure and simple. Women are not lesser than men in any way, biologically or spiritually. By insisting that women cannot be priests and moreover must submit to guidance of men, the Vatican not only perpetuates its own injustice but contributes to the subjugation of women everywhere. Church hierarchy attacks women’s minds and violates women’s spirits and in so doing gives tacit consent to violence against women’s bodies.
    Will Francis address this inequality? I doubt it. Think of the repercussions. Male superiority and privilege are at stake: the superior status apparently conveyed solely on men by the Creator of both men and women, and the privilege to “lord” it over the “weaker” sex.

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    Gail Hammack on April 6, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Mr. Carter, I just finished A Call to Action. Thank you and your team for the commitment you have to changing the world of injustice and inequality that women live in. I think you are absolutely correct in that for violence against women to end, men have to take a stand along side women and be very active in changing the beliefs that give men permission to conduct violence against women.
    I have been a facilitator in a batterer’s intervention program for over 11 years. It is a step I am taking as part of my action to end violence against women. I don’t disagree with your action step #12 and I would add to it that women’s shelters are vital for women, at least in the United States. Also, batterer intervention programs help deal with preventative measures because we help abusive men to look at the root of their violence which is their belief systems. We help them to choose non violent beliefs about women and then help them to find a path to using different behaviors.
    Thank You
    Gail Hammack

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    Mary McAlister on April 9, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Mr. President: Thank you for lending your voice to this important issue. I am looking forward to reading your book and using it as a resource for my burgeoning non-profit ministry/legal foundation, Providence Justice Group, located in Central Virginia, which seeks to address the injustice against women and girls and to act on behalf of women in crisis, to bring them the Light of Truth and hope, providing legal representation and also seeking to increase access to justice for women so that they can regain some of the God-given power that they are entitled to. I am glad to see you take on the religious institutions that have facilitated the unequal treatment of women that has fostered abuse. I am still forming the nonprofit corporation and praying for the Lord’s financial provision, and am so very encouraged to find such an influential brother in Christ sounding the clarion call.

    God bless your efforts.

    Mary E. McAlister, Founder of Providence Justice Group, Lynchburg Virginia.

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    Ken King on April 10, 2014 at 12:10 am

    I created a modern-day anti-slavery medallion to call people to take action against human trafficking.

    My hope is that it can be used to bring awareness of human trafficking and compassion for the sex trafficking victims.

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    Durwin Foster on April 14, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Starting very simply, by purchasing and reading the book! Thank you for your leadership in this domain.

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    Trista Hendren on April 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Here’s a quote from my Devotional Reading for Monday of Holy Week for The God Article, where I link to your call to action. I will be sharing on my blog on Easter Sunday.

    Sister Joan Chittister recently wrote, “Women are two-thirds of the hungry of the world; women are two-thirds of the illiterate of the world; and women are two-thirds of the poorest of the poor. That cannot be an accident; that is a policy….It’s time for religions everywhere to become truly religious.”

    It’s time that we make amends to those who have not been treated equal. It is no secret that people of color and women throughout the world suffer disproportionately. We must begin to accept that inequality is a form of thievery and slow murder.

    “The thief only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” John 10:10

    The way it stands now, there are billions living in horrendous poverty. There are billions of women and girls being exploited, raped and abused. This is not the life that Jesus spoke of.

    Former President Jimmy Carter has issued a Call to Action to people of all faiths. I urge you to take part in his initiative.

    I believe in Radical Equality between ALL people. I think Jesus did too. That is the promise of Easter to me. When we wake up from our long slumber, resurrected and transformed, to finally honor ALL of the world’s inhabitants, we will have grasped the meaning of Easter.

    http://archive.aweber.com/thegodarticle/7crIb/h/A_Devotion_Reading_for_Monday.htm

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    Pamela Jaye Smith on April 18, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Our organization is “Mythic Challenges: Create Stories that Change the World”. We work with the 15 Global Challenges identified by the Millennium Project in association with the UN. Challenge #11 is Women’s Status.

    Our work presents story tools of Mythic Themes, Archetypes, and Symbols to young media-makers to help them effectively address these problems.

    Our pilot program resulted in seven videos, a number of which have received awards and recognition.

    We would be very happy to work with anyone interested in creating media about these Challenges.

    Thank you, President Carter and the others of you on this site, for taking positive action.

    Pamela Jaye Smith – co-founder Mythic Challenges
    Other co-founders: Brian Dyer and Jill Gurr

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    Anita Raj on April 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Dear President Carter and Ms. Ryan:

    Thank you for raising awareness and commitments to ending violence against women and girls! We also appreciate President Carter and all of the Elders’ efforts to eliminate girl child marriage, and feel that is an important element of elimination violence against women and girls.

    We at the Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH), Univ of CA at San Diego, are invested in supporting evidence-based action to improve population health by improving the status treatment and opportunities of women and girls, globally. Our research includes both epidemiologic study as well as intervention development and evaluation in the areas of gender-based violence, girl child marriage, and sexual and reproductive health, focusing on men and boys as well as women and girls in our work. We are grateful that these are issues being undertaken by this initiative, and hope that consideration of scientific research to guide recommended priorities and solutions will be part of these efforts.

    Thanks for the opportunity to engage with you all on this!

    Sincerely, Anita Raj
    Director, Center on Gender Equity and Health
    Professor of Medicine and Public Health
    University of California at San Diego

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    Beth Ross on April 30, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I work for a non-profit agency that helps people through the foreclosure process, but also credit counseling, first time homebuyer counseling, etc.

    I just finished reading “A Call to Action” after Jimmy Carter’s visit to Portland, OR on his book tour.

    It helped to remind me and others, that women’s rights for equality is not a dead subject and that we need to continue in our own sphere’s of influence to keep the conversation alive and in the present.

    Thank you Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter for doing everything that you do to spread the word.

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