UNLESS SOMEONE LIKE YOU CARES
A WHOLE AWFUL LOT
NOTHING IS GOING TO GET BETTER,
- DR SEUSS
In the same way that the book, Half the Sky, was both informative and inspired me to take action, I hope that Unslaved serves to do the same to those around me. Doing charitable work can be fun, exciting, and uplifting. It can make us feel connected, empowered, and live with purpose. It is a big dream, but one day I hope to see the moment where we all say: enough is enough. Everybody deserves to be free.
And for those who think this issue may be too big to tackle, I’ll leave you with a little nugget from Half the Sky:
‘Honor killings, sexual slavery, and genital cutting may seem to Western readers to be tragic, but inevitable in a world far, far away. In much the same way, slavery was once widely viewed by many decent Europeans and Americans as a regrettable but ineluctable feature of human life. It was just one more horror that had existed for thousands of years. But then in the 1780s a few indignant Britons, led by William Wilberforce, decided that slavery was so offensive that they had to abolish it. And they did. Today we see the seed of something similar: a global movement to emancipate women and girls.
So let us be clear about this up front: We hope to recruit you to join an incipient movement to emancipate women and fight global poverty by unlocking women’s power as economic catalysts. That is the process under way – not a drama of victimization but of empowerment, the kind that transforms bubbly teenage girls from brothel slaves into successful businesswomen.
This is a story of transformation. It is change that is already taking place, and change that can accelerate if you’ll just open your heart and join in.”
- Nicholas D. Kristoff, Sheryl Wudun, Half the Sky