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Forgive a proud author, but this is the first advance review of my forthcoming book (out in September!) with +Sheryl WuDunn. Thanks, Publishers Weekly!  Sheryl and I feel quite pregnant.
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Campus Ambassador Amanda Gagne wrote a guest blog post about the amazing work she’s doing at +Seton Hall University. She successfully established a new chapter of Women for Women International and launched her A Call to Men: A Campaign for Equality event.

Amanda writes, “When I was growing up in Connecticut, I never thought about life far beyond my own small town until a women’s organization was created at my high school my junior year. Woodland Worldwide was inspired by Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which opened my eyes to the oppression women face for the first time, and allowed me to discover my purpose in life.” 

Read more about Amanda’s accomplishments at the Half the Sky Movement blog: http://bit.ly/1mNNVvr

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+Emma Watson is best known for her role in the highly successful "Harry Potter" film series. Now the 24-year-old actress has taken on a new role as a +UN Women ambassador. Watson is no stranger to women's rights work having visited Bangladesh and Zambia where she promoted girls' education for several years.

"So excited to start work with the AMAZING people at UN Women!" She announced on Twitter Monday, causing a surge in traffic that crashed the UN Women's website. Watson will advocate for the HeForShe campaign, which encourages men and boys to speak out in support of gender equality. 

“I am convinced that Emma's intellect and passion will enable U.N. Women’s messages to reach the hearts and minds of young people globally," says UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Read more via +The Telegraph  http://bit.ly/1qRxfES
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Truly an in women event worthy of the highest regards.
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Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is visiting Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone to highlight issues facing women and girls. During her trip to the DRC, where rape is used as a weapon of war, she met survivors of sexual violence at the Panzi Hospital run by Dr. Denis Mukwege, whose team has treated tens of thousands of women and who survived an assassination attempt in 2012.

Biden said that U.S. financing has helped provided medical and psychological help to 13,000 victims in the DRC last year. 

Read more via the AP: http://bit.ly/1r0m6PF

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+David Duemler Again, a knee jerk reaction, to a far more complicated situation. Those that are doing the raping are empowered by the very same system set up to "help". Africa is a continental example of what we're seeing in Iraq where a Western nation goes in to "help" and then counterintuitively weakens the people, the government, the culture to the point of dependence. Africa is the richest continent on the PLANET when it comes to raw materials. Yet, it has not been able to capitalize on those riches. Why do you think so? You think it's because they're too stupid, barbaric, greedy. No, of course not. 
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Rest in peace to Satya Rani Chadha, a remarkable woman who helped launch the anti-dowry movement in India. Chadha's own daughter was burned to death 10 months after she was married. At the time, dowry was defined as "consideration of marriage," but because her daughter's husband had demanded a scooter after the marriage, he could not be arrested. Although Chadha never got justice for her own daughter's killing, her efforts led the government to pass stricter laws against dowry deaths.

H/t +V-Day
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"No regrets," they say in unison. 

"If I hadn't become a 'self-combed woman', the landlord would have forced me into marriage," said Liang Jieyun (85). 

Liang and Huang Li-e (90) are amongst the last ten remaining Chinese women who vowed to remain a "self-combed woman", or “zishunü”, leaving their parents' home to work without marrying. This tradition gave women an unusual degree of independence in a world that allowed them little education, voice or freedom. 

As Liang leaned in towards her female interviewer, she said, "good for you. You have an education, and you've travelled."

Read more via +The Guardian: http://gu.com/p/3pdkh
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+Sheryl WuDunn and I will be on book tour in the fall, talking about our forthcoming book, A Path Appears, about how to make a difference. If your group is interested in hosting an event on the book tour, pls contact Knopfpublicity@randomhouse.com. Thanks for spreading word about the book.
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Happy Friday! We love this photo of girls at Thinkpeace Workshop for Girls holding up the sky.
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I see a fair amount of willpower in that picture.
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It was her first time taking the train and a ride that should have been bursting with teenage excitement quickly ended in a tragedy. 13-year-old Nong Kaem was raped, strangled and thrown from an overnight train in southern Thailand as she traveled with her two sisters.

"She wanted to be an angel, she wanted to be an air hostess," her mother said of Kaem. "If she was still here I would do everything to support her, but now I have nothing left."

Police named Kaem's alleged murderer as a 22-year-old railway employee who admitted to carrying the sleeping child to another carriage where he raped and strangled her, before throwing her lifeless body out the window. He has been charged with murder, rape of a child under 15 years old and theft.

Activists are using the case to call for tougher charges for child rape, which currently carries a jail term of four to 20 years and a fine of up to 40,000 baht ($1,200).

Read more via +CNN: http://cnn.it/1swdPmQ
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I hate to think it but these days I sometimes wonder if that's not exactly what they are being.
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63 Nigerian women and girls escaped Boko Haram!

About 2 weeks ago, the federal government and national security forces denied reports of another mass female abduction in northeast Nigeria. Last week, local authorities were able to confirm that over 60 women and girls had managed to escape while the extremist group engaged in an attack in Damboa.

Nevertheless, more than 200 girls who were kidnapped in April remain missing.

Read more via +ABC News: http://abcn.ws/VSIvo3

#bringbackourgirls   #BokoHaram   #Nigeria  
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Thank god!!! This is situation is beyond horrible the sad part is if our country could gain something from this.......oil.......Obama would be in there with tactical teams.and possibly squash them......they could have gotten that traider out much sooner.......these poor women aren't considered important.....but letting 5 major terrorist free......is important......it's a lie saying it's to let the soldier free......we could have gotten him out sooner.....there's much more to this story...... my Heart goes out to these girls...I prayed for them......Please God help them!!!!
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On June 24, Hauwa Ibrahim testified before a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee about combating global violence and discrimination against women. Ibrahim is a Nigerian human rights lawyer who powerfully advocated for the necessity of directing more resources to preventing gender-based violence.

Read her testimony and watch the hearing: http://1.usa.gov/1wsjmx2

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"Look men, we have a problem. Obviously we have a problem because some other men out there are doing horrible things to women. But we aren’t those men, so it’s not our problem. Our problem is that we think it’s not our problem."

Kudos to Jeff Bridges, who understands that violence against women is every man's problem.

http://time.com/2809276/notallmen-dont-get-it/
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The book calling for solutions to empower women and girls helps launch a movement. A PBS documentary in October. Mobile games. A Facebook game. Mini-films with charitable organizations. Inspired individuals like you!
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With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide undertakes an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there. Now, the documentary takes viewers to meet social entrepreneurs in Cambodia and Kenya, women leaders in Somaliland and India, and Americans partnering with many kinds of local change-makers. 

See how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.

Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn show that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty.

Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity Worldwide is for every global citizen.