The Girl Effect (Half the Sky Intro) #sjbc

This post is part of the April Social Justice Book Club. This week we are discussing Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

The above video is from the organization The Girl Effect.

Conversation Questions for the Introduction:

Had you ever heard of The Girl Effect before reading the Introduction?

“Less than 1% of U.S. foreign aid is specifically targeted to women and girls.”
In light of the statistics chronicling atrocities committed against women and girls, what does this figure represent to you?

“The best estimate is that a little Indian girl dies from discrimination every four minutes.”
Why do you think the mothers participate in this kind of gender-based cruelty?

“Women aren’t the problem but the solution. The plight of girls is no more a tragedy than an opportunity.” What do you think the authors meant when they stated this as the central truth of the book?

Please share with us your responses to the questions above or any thoughts or questions you have about the the introduction of “the girl effect” in the comments section below.

The Social Justice Book Club is a project of Independence Rock Group: Center for Faith, Ethics, and Social Justice. Please consider supporting the Social Justice Book Club and our other projects. Find other posts about the Book Club and Half the Sky here.

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