Friday, October 30, 2009

Turn Your Book Club Into a Social Action Club with Kristof and WuDunn's Half the Sky

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, "lays out an agenda for the world's women and three major abuses: sex trafficking and forced prostitution; gender-based violence including honor killings and mass rape; maternal mortality, which needlessly claims one woman a minute."

Even though Kristof and WuDunn focus on solutions as well as problems around these issues, reading about them might feel overwhelming. Why not transform that overwhelm into action by registering your book club with the Mercy Corps Half the Sky Book Club?

You'll receive discussion questions from Kristof and WuDunn, handmade bookmarks from India, and updates on Half the Sky news and events. Plus, the book club that, "compiles the most impressive record of activism by June 15, 2010 will receive a visit and discussion session with Kristof and WuDunn."

Here's how it works:
  • Go to One Table, a Mercy Corps campaign to fight hunger by investing in women.
  • Fill out the registration form for your book club.
  • Read the book!
  • Host an event to discuss the book and raise funds and awareness for Mercy Corps programs that help women around the world.
Even if you don't belong to a book club, you can still get together a group of 6-10 friends, family members, coworkers, neighbors, or online pals to read the book and take some kind of action together.

Update: Here's a resource I learned about after the post was published, EngenderHealth’s online Reader’s Companion for Half The Sky.

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  1. Hi Britt,

    Thanks for highlighting this book. I've added it to my "need to read pile." Slightly related, I've started an online social change book club called "read4change" that works via Twitter. The Twitter account is @read4change and the hashtag is #read4change.

    We are kicking off the book club November 11 featuring Causewired and Causewired author Tom Watson is joining us. I'm thinking the book you discuss here might be another good for us to read and feature in an upcoming month.

    Thanks so much! -Alex

  2. I devoured Half the Sky and love the way the authors are trying to use it to move people to action. Very exciting. And I'm glad to see the resource for the social change book club, too!

  3. Melinda - Do you think you'll join or start a group to discuss the book with?


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