By Sally Armstrong
The earth is moving lower than the prestige of ladies. Ascent of girls, the paperback Canadian model, tells a notable tale approximately ladies claiming their very own area - opposed to all odds - and the way this shift from oppression to emancipation will increase the economic climate, decrease poverty and curtail clash. Sally Armstrong, sometimes called the conflict correspondent for the world's ladies, has been following the motion at the entrance line for ladies and women in Bosnia, Egypt, Congo, the center East, Afghanistan and the USA for twenty-five years. She says the manifesto for this revolution is being written in mud-brick huts in Afghanistan and on Tehrir sq. in Egypt and within the forests of the Congo, in addition to at the streets of Kenya, the place one hundred sixty women sued their executive for failing to guard them from being raped, and received, and in Pakistan, the place Malala Yousafzai, is battling for the rights of all ladies. Armstrong has been an eye fixed witness to the worst atrocities and is now the first to write down concerning the spectacular alterations which are taking place in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Her eye-witness reporting has earned her many awards together with the Gold Award from the nationwide journal Awards origin and the Author's Award from the basis for the development of Canadian Letters. She got the Amnesty overseas Canada Media Award in 2000, 2002 and back in 2011. She was once a member of the foreign Women's fee a UN physique that involves 20 Palestinian girls, 20 Israeli ladies and 12 internationals whose mandate is helping with the trail to peace within the center East.
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