Last week, Oprah hosted an hour-long conversation about global women’s health. Inspired by Half the Sky, the recent book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, Oprah has launched a feature on her website called For All Women that encourages and enables support for women’s health around the world. It’s important to frame this struggle in the context of the struggle against gender inequality and the struggle to establish and upload girls’ and womens’ rights to a just and healthy life.
Kristof and WuDunn have been discussing their book as not just a book but a movement, and it’s important to frame this in the context of the struggle against gender inequality happening every day. It’s wonderful to see Americans getting inspired about the health and rights inequalities that face women in the developing world, but it’s also important to recognize that people in the developing world are making their own movements. As important as it is to mobilize Americans to support the health and rights of women around the world, it is also important to teach Americans to listen deeply to what people in those communities have to say about their experiences, their struggle, and their needs.