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President Carter Discusses Women’s Rights on ‘The Colbert Report’

Former President Jimmy Carter appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” on March 25 to discuss his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.”

“A Call to Action” urges the end of discrimination and abuse against women, calling it the number one challenge in the world today. The book builds on the work of faith leaders …

Join President Carter’s Call to Action

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 …

Carter Center Helps Protect Congolese Human Rights Defenders Through Alert System

Listen to Sophie Borel talk about why the alert system was established.

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In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, human rights activists often face intimidation and threats of violence, a situation expected to worsen as November 2011 national elections approach.

“I often get calls in the evening or at night from human rights defenders …

Human Rights Defender Discusses Importance of Working Together to Advance Women’s Rights

Ratna Osman, acting executive director of Malaysia’s Sisters in Islam, was one of a diverse group of 72 human rights activists and religious scholars from 22 countries to attend the Carter Center’s human rights defenders forum this week in Atlanta.

Through Sisters in Islam, Osman creates public awareness and advocates for reform to advance women’s rights in Islam.

“We are …

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Urges Promotion of Women’s Rights by Religious Communities

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter urged religious communities to promote, not hinder, women’s rights during his opening remarks at the 2011 Human Rights Defenders Forum taking place at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga., April 3-6. The remarks were a follow up to a speech he gave to the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 2009.

The forum was attended …

Upcoming Forum to Promote Women’s Rights

From April 3-6, human rights leaders and scholars will gather at The Carter Center to discuss the key challenges that women’s rights activists face and ways to work with religious, traditional, and government institutions to advance the protection of these rights.

“The idea came out of a speech that President Carter gave to the Parliament of World Religions in 2009 …

Homecoming: American Joyful, Relieved to Be Back Home After Long Ordeal

All photos: The Carter Center/D. Hakes

After seven months imprisoned in North Korea, American teacher Aijalon Gomes was reunited with his family this afternoon at Boston Logan Airport. The Carter Center delegation’s plane landed at 2 p.m. today. President Carter embarked last Tuesday on a humanitarian mission to obtain Gomes’ release after he was arrested last January and subsequently sentenced …