How to expand your mind in five minutes

If you have access to the Internet, the world is at your fingertips — we all know this. In poking around for just a few minutes, I learned some very interesting things about gender-based injustice:

  • Worldwide, about one in five women will experience rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.
  • Two-thirds of all nonliterates (people who can’t read and write) are women. Why?
  • 2011 is the global centenary year for International Women’s Day. More than 1 million women and men attended IWD rallies back in 1911.

Some helpful websites….

Ideas for further reading…. (be warned that due to the nature of this subject, some books contain graphic information)

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

By Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Details “gendercize” in developing nations and how women are a solution to poverty, not a cause of it.

 Reading Lolita in Tehran

By Azar Nafasi

A captivating memoir on surviving the war in Iran.

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

By Nujood Ali

The story of a Yemeni girl who is married off at age 10 and files for divorce.

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence

By Judith Herman

Identifies parallels between private terrors such as rape and public traumas such as terrorism.

Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones

By Wenona Giles and Jennifer Hyndman

Essays exploring gender-injustice hot spots around the world.

Fighting for Girls: New Perspectives on Gender and Violence

By Meda Chesney and Nikki Jones

Great information and statistics on girls, mostly in the U.S.