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Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Written in 2009 by Pulitzer Prize winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky is a call to action to end abuse and oppression of women around the world. HEAL Africa’s work , volunteers and patients are featured in the book (ch. 5) which does an excellent job of providing a backdrop to where our work takes place, as well as taking you through the story of one individual woman, Dina.

We encourage you to join with some friends, family, colleagues, small group (or random collection of all of those!) and start a book club. Read and discuss the book together – and then talk about ways you can engage in ending oppression of women.  In the back of the book you’ll find discussion guides.  Once your group has read the book, consider organizing an event to involve others with what you’ve learned – visit our “Get Other’s Involved” page to find out more.

The book can be found at major bookstores, on Amazon and a variety of other internet book sale sites.

Here’s what other people are saying about the book.
Read it and let us know what you think!

“If you have always wondered whether you can change the world, read this book. Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have written a brilliant call to arms that describes one of the transcendent injustices in the world today—the brutal treatment of women. They take you to many countries, introduce you to extraordinary women, and tell you their moving tales. Throughout, the tone is practical not preachy and the book’s suggestions as to how you can make a difference are simple, sensible, and yet powerful. The authors vividly describe a terrible reality about the world we live in but they also provide light and hope that we can, in fact, change it.”

— FareedZakaria, author, The Post-American World

“Half the Sky is a passionate and persuasive plea to all of us to rise up and say ‘No more!’ to the 17th-century abuses to girls and women in the 21st-century world. This is a book that will pierce your heart and arouse your conscience. It is a powerful piece of journalism by two masters of the craft who are tireless in their pursuit of one of the most shameful conditions of our time.”

— Tom Brokaw

“The stories that Kristof and WuDunn share are as powerful as they are heartbreaking. Their insight into gender issues and the role of women in development inspires hope, optimism, and most importantly, the will to change. Both a brutal awakening and an unmistakable call to action, this book should be read by all.”

— Melinda Gates