Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn are husband and wife journalists who jointly won the Pulitzer Prize for reporting on China. In their book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, they argue that just as slavery and totalitarianism were the great moral issues of the 19th and 20th centuries, crimes against women will be the great moral issue of the 21st century. After reading the book, I do not think that statement an exaggeration.
Millions of women are targeted for sexual slavery, rape, “honor” killing, and genital mutilation, and tens of millions allowed to die of neglect in childbirth or otherwise, specifically because they are women. But the struggle for justice for women is a very different kind of struggle than the battles against slavery, fascism and Communism.
Nicholas Kristof was once at the India-Nepal border, and an Indian customs official went through his gear fairly thoroughly…
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