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The Unfinished Revolution

“It’s a time of change in the world, with dictators toppling and new opportunities rising, but any revolution that doesn’t create equality for women will be incomplete. The time has come to realize the full potential of half the world’s population.”
—Christiane Amanpour, from the foreword

Three young brides 11, 12, and 13, are married to three brothers during a
combined ceremony in the rural areas outside Hajjah.
© 2011 Stephanie Sinclair/VII

Although women’s rights have improved, around the world women and girls are still trafficked into sex slavery, trapped in areas where rape is a weapon of war, prohibited from attending school and are told whom and when to marry.

In 2010, I had the opportunity to intern at Human Rights Watch’s  (HRW) headquarters in New York. I was placed in the communications departments, where I worked with Minky Worden.  At that time, Minky was working on her third book, The Unfinished Revolution. One of my tasks was to help transcribe interviews with Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi.

I highly recommend you read this book.It is a great overview of the struggle to secure women’s rights today.

The 35 writers who contributed to this book include Nobel Prize laureates, leading activists, human rights experts, top policymakers and former victims. Through HRW, I have had the chance to meet several of the inspiring people who shared their experiences in this book. They have inspired me to become part of the fight for women’s rights.

Minky has a great deal of experience writing about human rights. She has edited two other books:


“Women are not free anywhere in this world until all women in the world are free.”
~ Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Photos via: Human Rights Watch