I highly recommend Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide, for everyone who has an interest in World Studies with an emphasis on Women… and who doesn’t want to be 100% depressed at the end of the book. =)
Each Women had a heart wrentching story of the trials and tribulations that had happened throughout their lives and yet the overwhelming feeling of hope leaped off each page. Each women, with a little help, turned oppression into opportunity.
That is what made this book special, the facts were all there and yet so were the stories. For me the facts helped to feel detached from the emotions you feel when you read about the sex trafficking around the world or the brutal rapes in the Congo and the Honor Killings in the Middle East. I feel that detachment is essential when pursuing this type of work.
Real life stories help you connect emotionally to the people you want to help which, in turn, makes you invested personally in the cause. Facts help you keep a clear head when making decisions, its the cold hard facts that allow you to get things done. Having both sides of the spectrum is important for an equal balance.
Please consider this book and keep in mind that at the end of the book there are websites you can visit to help the wide range of global problems that Women and Children face. I promise you wont be disappointed.