President Jimmy Carter - A Call to Action
Join President Jimmy Carter as he signs copies of his new book, A Call to Action.
Ticket: $30.50 (includes copy of A Call to Action)
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The world's discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter's call to action.
President Carter was encouraged to write this book by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. His urgent report, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power ($28.00), is current. It covers the plight of women and girls--strangled at birth, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, genital cutting, deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and "owned" by men in others. And the most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence.
He addresses the adverse impact of distorted religious texts on women. Special verses are often omitted or quoted out of context to exalt the status of men and exclude women. In a remark that is certain to get attention, Carter points out that women are treated more equally in some countries that are atheistic or where governments are strictly separated from religion. Carter describes his personal observations of the conditions and hardships of women around the world. He describes a trip in Africa with Bill Gates, Sr. and his wife, where they are appalled by visits to enormous brothels. He tells how he joined Nelson Mandela to plead for an end to South Africa's practice of outlawing treatments to protect babies from AIDS-infected mothers.
Throughout, Carter reports on observations of women activists and workers of The Carter Center. This is an informed and passionate charge about human rights abuses against half the world's population. It comes from one of the world's most renowned human rights advocates.
Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, and served as thirty-ninth President of the United States. He and his wife, Rosalynn, founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization that prevents and resolves conflicts, enhances freedom and democracy, and improves health around the world. He is the author of numerous books, including Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, An Hour Before Daylight and Our Endangered Values, for which he received a "Best Spoken Word" Grammy Award.
This is a book signing only event. President Jimmy Carter will only be signing copies of A Call to Action, no previous books or memorabilia. There will be no posed photography. Thank you for your cooperation, and in welcoming President Jimmy Carter to our community.
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