(Health Secrets) Remember Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States (1977-81)? Whichever political part you belong to or even if you don’t belong to any political party, you have to admit that President Carter is known for living his spiritual and religious convictions. Although he may not be considered the greatest president, we cannot deny Jimmy’s commitment to the higher ideals of the U.S. He is a true global statesman in every sense of the word, and in particular a champion of women’s rights. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace on 2002. His new book is titled A call to Action, and it is well worth reading.
The publisher’s job is always to create excitement about the books he or she is publishing. Even so, what Simon & Schuster has to say about Jimmy Carter and A Call to Action tends to ring true:
“His urgent report covers a system of discrimination that extends to every nation. Women are deprived of equal opportunity in wealthier nations and ‘owned’ by men in others, forced to suffer servitude, child marriage, and genital cutting. The most vulnerable, along with their children, are trapped in war and violence…the suffering inflicted upon women by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare. Key verses are often omitted or quoted out of context by male religious leaders to exalt the status of men and exclude women. And in nations that accept or even glorify violence, this perceived inequality becomes the basis for abuse.
“Carter was encouraged to write A Call to Action by a wide coalition of leaders of all faiths. President Carter and his wife, Rosalyn, have visited 145 countries, and the Carter Center has had active projects in more than half of them. Around the world, they have seen inequality rising rapidly with each passing decade. This is true in both rich and poor countries, and among the citizens within them.”
A Call to Action presents the facts on human trafficking in developed and undeveloped nations. Trafficking of persons is the crime of displacing people with a view to exploiting them. People are lured away to a totally new place and used for crimes like prostitution, drug peddling, slavery, and even removal of organs. Trafficking involves recruiting, transporting and transferring of persons by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion. Here are some statistics:
Human Trafficking Worldwide
• 27 million – Number of people in modern-day slavery across the world
• 12.3 million – Number of adults and children in forced labor around the world
• 49,105 – Number of human trafficking victims around the world who have been identified
• 1.8 per 1,000 – Prevalence of trafficking victims in the world
• 1:9 – Ratio of sex trafficking victims to labor trafficking victims, globally
• 800,000 – number of people trafficked across borders every year, as of 2007
• 2 million – Number of children exploited by the global commercial sex trade
• 1.2 million – Number of children trafficked globally in 2000
• 80% – Percent of transnational victims who are women and girls
• 50% – Percent of transnational victims who are minors
• At least 56% – Percentage of trafficking victims globally who are women
Human trafficking will only end when good people say “No More”, and Jimmy’s book highlights this important message. He clearly states that economic and physical slavery of people cannot any longer be tolerated. He also lays out plans to make his ultimatum a reality, and notes the need for all of us to accept responsibility within our sphere of influence.
Memorable Jimmy Carter Quotes
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.
JIMMY CARTER, Nobel Lecture, Dec. 10, 2002
To be true to ourselves, we must be true to others.
JIMMY CARTER, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1977
We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon.
JIMMY CARTER, speech, Mar. 1976
We cannot resort to simplistic or extreme solutions, which substitute myths for common sense.
JIMMY CARTER, State of the Union Address, Jan. 25, 1979
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way round. Human rights invented America.
JIMMY CARTER, Farewell Address, Jan. 14, 1981
Because we are free we can never be indifferent to the fate of freedom elsewhere. Our moral sense dictates a clear-cut preference for these societies, which share with us an abiding respect for individual human rights. We do not seek to intimidate, but it is clear that a world, which others can dominate with impunity, would be inhospitable to decency and a threat to the well being of all people.
JIMMY CARTER, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1977
If any of this creates a stirring in you to read more or get involved, Jimmy’s latest book is available at Amazon and other online booksellers.
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