Women hold up half the sky. – chinese proverb

Half the Sky

I am reading Half The Sky by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn and I am not through the introduction and I am floored. Just read this quote:

“The global statistics on the abuse of girls are numbing. It appears that more girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the battles of the twentieth century. More girls are killed in this routine ‘gendercide’ in any one decade than people were slaughteed in all of the genocides of the twentieth century.”

It is staggering – more than 2 million girls disappear in this world every year – to human sex trafficking, to selective abortions, to deliberate neglect and a lack of healthcare and education. The rights of women and girls all over the world has emerged as the paramount human rights problem of this century, and Half The Sky is an awakening to us all to do something about it.

I am continuing to read but did pause to visit the web site and within just a few clicks was brought back to Facebook to the Half The Sky Movement – The Game, and in just a few more clicks, I was learning through play about the oppression girls and women face, and found myself able to donate books and food after completing a level. That felt great! It may be a small contribution, but to go from reading such overwhelming facts, it felt good to be able to do SOMEthing so soon and so easily. You can too!

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