NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter can still command people’s attention. His 2009 column on why he quit his church for women’s rights — “Losing my religion over equality” — has abruptly gone viral.
Carter, 90, a Nobel Peace laureate and longtime human rights champion, has campaigned to end violence and discrimination against women since leaving the White House in 1981, calling it “the human and civil rights struggle of our time”.
Carter’s campaign for the better treatment of women and girls globally has never stopped and last year his book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power,” was published calling on world leaders for action.
Ensnared in religious beliefs and traditional customs that often trump civil law, women’s rights are under constant assault across the globe, Carter told Reuters.
He has drawn up a list of 23 gender-based issues he wants addressed, from child marriage to honor killings – but for him, one is of particular worry.
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