Inspiration + Motivation = Action

Educating Girls

Gender Based Violence

Sex Trafficking & Slavery

Maternal Health

Investment in women and girls

Jimmy Carter: The mistreatment of women & girls

Breaking the Cycle of Oppression with Education and Jobs

Gender Based Violence

Fistulas and the Edna Adan Hospital

Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school

Isabel Allende: Tales of passion

Sheryl WuDunn: One century’s greatest injustice

Nelly Furtado- Road to Kisaruni: a high school for girls in Kenya

Water Crisis: Three Mothers, Three Stories

Educating Women and Girls

Inspirational Books and DVDs

  • Book: Cutting for Stone
    Author, Abraham Verghese.

    He is Ethiopian born doctor who writes a novel about twins born in Ethiopia. One of the twins becomes a doctor, an expert in fistula repair. It is set during the time of the overthrow of Haile Selassie, the emperor, by communists and the political turmoil that follows.

  • Film/DVD: A Walk to Beautiful.

    A documentary film about women who suffer from childbirth injuries in Ethiopia. This film has won awards.

  • Book: Damned Nations-Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid
    Author: Samantha Nutt
    A good book if people want to read about how aid money should be spent; in eyes of Samantha Nutt. A Canadian doctor and founder of War Child. She is often interviewed in the media and has been in many countries, in some extremely difficult times.
  • Book: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
    Authors: Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

    Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity and, ultimately, hope. They show 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 from fistula repaired and in time became a surgeon.

    A link to the book.

  • Book: The Slave Next Door
    Author: Kevin Bales, Ron Soodalter

    In this riveting book, authors and authorities on modern day slavery Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter expose the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking and slavery that exists now in the United States. In “The Slave Next Door “we find that slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight: the dishwasher in the kitchen of the neighborhood restaurant, the kids on the corner selling cheap trinkets, the man sweeping the floor of the local department store. In these pages we also meet some unexpected slaveholders, such as a 27-year old middle-class Texas housewife who is currently serving a life sentence for offences including slavery. Weaving together a wealth of voices-from slaves, slaveholders, and traffickers as well as from experts, counselors, law enforcement officers, rescue and support groups, and others-this book is also a call to action, telling what we, as private citizens, can do to finally bring an end to this horrific crime.