A great Dharma talk by Danny Fisher

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Danny Fisher, my friend and fellow Patheos blogger, has given a wonderful Dharma talk (above) on the plight of women in the world today and our responsibility for acting now to overcome it. Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, Half the Sky, the talk has been making the rounds and was even mentioned on the book’s facebook and twitter accounts.

The central moral challenge of our time has reached a tipping point. Just as slavery was the defining struggle of the nineteenth century and totalitarianism that of the twentieth, the fight to end the oppression of women and girls worldwide defines ours. Embedded in the linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality (which still needlessly claims one woman every ninety seconds) is the single most vital opportunity of our time—and all over the world, women are seizing it. From Somaliland to Cambodia to Afghanistan, oppression is being confronted and real, meaningful solutions are being fashioned—through health care, education and economic empowerment for women and girls. Change is happening, and it’s happening now. – Half the Sky Movement

(from the book) More girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the wars of the twentieth century, they write, detailing the rampant gendercide in the developing world, particularly in India and Pakistan. Far from merely making moral appeals, the authors posit that it is impossible for countries to climb out of poverty if only a fraction of women (9% in Pakistan, for example) participate in the labor force. China’s meteoric rise was due to women’s economic empowerment: 80% of the factory workers in the Guangdong province are female; six of the 10 richest self-made women in the world are Chinese. – Publisher’s Weekly

Read more about Danny’s talk at his site, check out Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, Half the Sky itself, and read Kristof’s latest work in support of Catholic nuns.


Well done, Danny.


Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dannyfisher/ Rev. Danny Fisher

    Thank you, my friend… _/|\_

  • DigitalVlad

    My everyday life conditions are such that I spend most of my time among women – as well at home as in the office. So, I hear it most of the time they spaek about males – that males must work harder, give them money, buy them things etc. When I hear something about relationship, that mostly means “give-and-get” kind of relationship where “get” is much more important. Maybe I’m the only male in the world who can see it?

  • http://www.cambodianmusic.net/ Cambodian Music

    Most problems in Cambodia, including sex trafficking, corruption, and human rights abuses may be blamed on poverty and the destruction of social and physical infrastructure stemming from the country’s tragic past, namely, the Khmer Rouge and the use of Cambodia as turf for Cold War adversaries.

    • Justin Whitaker

      Indeed. And hopefully as Cambodia moves forward, and as neighboring countries likewise emerge from aspects of their own troubled pasts, we will see these abuses diminish and one day end.