At tomorrow’s monthly meeting, we will be discussing our latest Amnesty book club choice, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide“. If you haven’t read the book yet, or didn’t get a chance to read it in time for tomorrow’s meeting, I highly recommend reading it anyway. The book does a good job of illustrating the issues while showcasing excellent examples of how one person can make a difference with the many different issues facing women around the world. It’s not about hammering in how awful female genital cutting is or how hard it can be to educate girls around the world (although they are awful and tough to solve). It’s about making the case that gender equality will be the human rights movement of the 21st century.
As usual, the meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Hartford Coffee Company.
Half the Sky, the Documentary
On April 20 (time and place yet to be determined), we will be watching the PBS mini-series based on the book. No, you can’t watch the mini-series in place of reading the book. Both cover the same issues, but also share different stories and solutions to the problem. They compliment each other, and even if you do choose to watch the mini-series first, I think it’s likely that you’ll still want to read the book afterward.
Drone Action this Saturday
We previously discussed taking action regarding unmanned drones and the threat they post to human rights. If this is an issue you are interested in, then your chance to take action is this Saturday. We will be having a rally and a short march in coalition with the Peace Economy Project, Instead of War, and Veterans for Peace. Here are the event details: