Friday, August 21, 2009

The Women's Crusade

That is the title of one of the most emailed items on the NYT website for the past few days. It is by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Here's an excerpt:
[I]n a large slice of the world, girls are uneducated and women marginalized, and it’s not an accident that those same countries are disproportionately mired in poverty and riven by fundamentalism and chaos. There’s a growing recognition among everyone from the World Bank to the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff to aid organizations like CARE that focusing on women and girls is the most effective way to fight global poverty and extremism. That’s why foreign aid is increasingly directed to women. The world is awakening to a powerful truth: Women and girls aren’t the problem; they’re the solution.

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