Yesterday, I applauded President Carter’s decision to leave the Southern Baptist Convention because of its continuing participation in the subjugation, and degradation, of women.
He has a public platform from which to push for change. Most of us do not.
But we do have opportunities to make a difference for women in the world.
One thing I do is support the work of Greg Mortenson and the Central Asia Institute. If you do not know Mortenson’s work, I suggest you read his amazing story, Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time.
Mortensen and the CAI build schools in remote parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan, secular schools that, in his view, “will bring a new generation of kids that will have a broader view of the world. We focus on areas where there is no education. Religious extremism flourishes in areas of isolation and conflict.”
Make no mistake. The Taliban and others don’t want girls to go to school. This is why Mortenson builds schools for all, but focuses most heavily on girls. If you want to read more, check out this report from Thomas Friedman http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/19/opinion/19friedman.html
Educating and empowering girls is a critical way to change the world.