|Half the Sky|
One of the panelists was Nicolas Kristoff, a “New York Times” columnist and author of a new book and PBS documentary, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” Kristoff’s documentary is about the need for education for girls around the world. Education is the single biggest factor to empower women economically and put an end to violence against women. Kristoff is optimistic. The strong reaction about the rape of a woman on a bus in India shows that change is happening. Nonetheless the statistics about the gender-cide—the killing of girls and women, are astounding.
While we are talking about killing, we have to talk about guns. Bill mentioned that 90% of the people in this country want background checks andt a majority of the Senate voted for it, but it was defeated by the filibuster. Can we still say we have democracy when (90% of the people want something and we don’t get it?
Kristoff compared the all-out effort to capture the Boston bombers who killed three people in the bombing with the 30,000 people who die from gun violence in America every year.