RISE UP Seattle
Island Books is supporting an important event this Valentine's Day.
Womens' Network for a Sustainable
Future, Business Ending Slavery and Trafficking, and Bainbridge Graduate
Institute will join with activists around the world for ONE BILLION RISING, the
largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to
end violence against women and girls.
During a special event, producer Jane Charles will introduce her new film,
SOLD, to be released this spring. Also on the agenda will be a variety of art forms that celebrate the women and men who resist violence:
- University of Washington Dancers
- Claire Hosterman singing
- Amazing dancer Chris Daigre of Ewajo Center, leading participants in a dance of solidarity
And informational presentations about non-profit organizations that benefit women worldwide.
February 14th, 2013 5:30-7:30
@ HUB Seattle 220 2nd Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104
Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small
hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is
full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend
from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil
lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains
of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and
take a job to support her family. He introduces her to a glamorous
stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city.
Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at
"Happiness House" full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable
truth: she has been sold into prostitution.
With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope. They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS. Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women's potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part.
Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was twelve years old. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia. She suffered unspeakable acts of brutality and witnessed horrors that would haunt her for the rest of her life-until, in her early twenties, she managed to escape. Unable to forget the girls she left behind, Mam became a tenacious and brave leader in the fight against human trafficking, rescuing sex workers-some as young as five and six-offering them shelter, rehabilitation, healing, and love and leading them into new life.
One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in
North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface
as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal
what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and
thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably
transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed
and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds
himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill
prepared. Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of
contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily
together, The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a
masterpiece of literary fiction.
During her teens, Rachel Lloyd ended up a victim
of commercial sexual exploitation. With time, through incredible
resilience, and with the help of a local church community, she finally
broke free of her pimp and her past and devoted herself to helping other
young girls escape "the life." In Girls Like Us, Lloyd reveals
the dark world of commercial sex trafficking in cinematic detail and
tells the story of her groundbreaking nonprofit organization: GEMS,
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services. With great humanity, she
shares the stories of the girls whose lives GEMS has helped--small
victories that have healed her wounds and made her whole. Revelatory,
authentic, and brave, Girls Like Us is an unforgettable memoir.