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From half a million women who die in pregnancy and childbirth to one out of three women suffering domestic violence worldwide, from 90 million girls who do not go to school to HIV/AIDS spreading fastest among adolescent girls, women around the world face unique health challenges. In this searing cradle-to-grave review, Anne Firth Murray tackles health issues from sex selective abortion and unequal access to food and health care to the challenges faced by aging women. Murray makes clear that the issues are social, ethical, and political much more than they are medical, and she goes further to provide hope that positive change can happen.
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"Anne Firth Murray's new book is three things at once: a catalogue of abuses, an analysis of their causes and consequences, and a chronicle of courage under fire. It is the seamless blending of these strands that make From Outrage to Courage a tremendous contribution to all those who wish to understand how poverty and gender inequality conspire to make life miserable and short for so many, and, at the same time, a roadmap for those who wish to do something about it." -from the Foreword by Paul Farmer
Praise for From Outrage to Courage
From Outrage to Courage shows how the abrogation of women's rights around the world persists as a central issue for everyone concerned with human rights. Panoramic in scope, this book illuminates the details of women's lives-their struggles, their resilience, and the ability of so many to respond with practical and visionary solutions. A rare combination of clear analysis and inspiration. -Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1997-2002
Anne Murray's courageous and inspirational book should be serialized in every newspaper in the country. We cannot allow the depth and scope of the stigmatization and discrimination foisted on women all over this globe, and the resulting consequences on their health, to continue. By offering stellar examples of what good can be achieved when people care, Murray shows we can create change. -Jill W. Sheffield, President, Family Care International
This authoritative book is a must read for all women and men concerned about women's health and rights. In a unique way, it combines evidence with passion, puts human faces behind the numbers, justifies the outrage and applauds the courage of women groups in diverse countries. -Professor Mahmoud F. Fathalla, Former President, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Dealing with poverty, diminished status, violence, and patriarchal structures designed to deny women full participation in society has been a formidable challenge for women across the globe. Anne Firth Murray beautifully chronicles the efforts and accomplishments of grassroots women's initiatives that have taken up this challenge. Murray's stories and insights will inspire students, development workers, policy makers, and anyone interested in how change happens. -Judy Norsigian, Executive Director, Our Bodies Ourselves
"This book brings together a review of most of the major issues that have engaged the global women's movement over the last three decades. Seeking to "make injustice visible" Anne Firth Murray locates her analysis in the experience of grassroots women and the issues that affect their lives, including persistent poverty, unequal access to food, education, health care and money and pervasive violence against women. Throughout, she looks at the power of women's activism, going beyond victimhood to agency to bring about social change." -Noeleen Heyzer, Former Executive Director, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
"In her passionate and thought-provoking book, Anne Firth Murray documents the tremendous discrimination and inequities poor women face in the developing world at every stage of life. These injustices are manifested in high rates of deaths and illnesses and unequal access to food, health care, education, and employment. Interwoven throughout the book are inspiring stories of courageous women who are joining forces to fight for human rights and build the foundation for a brighter future." -Elizabeth Maguire, President and CEO of Ipas and former Director of USAID's Office of Population
"Anne Firth Murray has done the near impossible in taking a critically important topic-the health of women in poor countries-which has been dealt with in a limited, fragmented, piecemeal fashion and given us a passionate, coherent, shocking, truthful, engaging, and utterly persuasive story that should turn your view of women in poor countries in the right direction. The book will make you sad, it will make you angry, but it will also give you hope because of the courage and actions of women in poor countries throughout the world. This book should be read and widely shared by anyone concerned about justice and our world." -Philip Lee, MD, Professor of Social Medicine (Emeritus)and Senior Advisor, Institute for Health Policy Studies, School of Medicine, UCSF
"Anne Firth Murray's book gives us a moving and insightful perspective on the challenges and triumphs of women working across the globe to ensure that most basic of human rights-good health. Her stories of women's creativity and courage in mobilizing to ensure equal access to healthcare are inspiring and hopeful. This is a book about one of the most critical subjects of our time. Read it." -Kavita N. Ramdas, President and CEO The Global Fund For Women
"Anne Firth Murray is an inspiration. As Stanford's foremost authority on international women's health and human rights issues, she has inspired a generation of students to "think big" and take action for a brighter future for women globally. This book is a must-read for every future leader of our time." -Lee Trope, founder and director of the thinkBIG conference on International Women's Health and Human Rights
"Anne Firth Murray provides a broad, comprehensive survey of global women's health that is grounded in local and personal stories. While detailed accounts of the devaluing of women at every stage in the life cycle provoke outrage, the efforts to redress underlying economic, educational, and medical inequalities inspire courage. This book clearly documents why human rights movements must always address women's rights." -Estelle B. Freedman, Professor, Stanford University; author, No Turning Back