Nicholas Kristof: “Women as a Force for Change”

Nicholas Kristof is a well esteemed, American journalist, author, op-ed columnist, humanitarian and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes. He is particularly passionate about women’s issues and authored the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The profound book attests that the oppression of women is “the paramount moral challenge” of the present era, much as the fight against slavery was in the past.

Nicholas Kristof writes a column in the New York Times on human rights issues and often discusses the problems facing women in the developing world. Last week, he elegantly wrote about how women can be the force for change: “Drones and military patrols sometimes reinforce extremism, while girl’s education tends to undermine it. Change can come not only from a bomb but also from a girl with a schoolbook.”

Strong Women, Strong World firmly agrees with Kirstof’s message as our projects to empower women and girls have proven that investing in women will make the greatest impact globally. In this article, Kristof writes about working with World Vision in Chad: “In rural Chad, we accompanied World Vision and chatted with local women about why children were malnourished. One factor there, as in much of the world: Men eat first, and women and children take what’s left.”

In this particular example, malnutrition with children may not necessarily be a poverty issue but a gendered one. If there is to be any progress with the world’s most pressing issues, there needs to be continuous momentum to empower girls worldwide. As Nicholas Kristof states in Half the Sky, “it is a change that is already taking place and change that can accelerate if you’ll just open your heart and join in.”

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