Jimmy Carter: Why I believe the mistreatment of women is the number one human rights abuse
Jimmy Carter - Peace activist
The president of the United States from 1977 to 1981, Jimmy Carter has used his post-presidency years to work for peace, teach, write and engage in global activism. Full bio
since I left the White House,
in The New Yorker a couple of years ago.
at his father,
I want to be a former president."
as a former president,
in the world have ever had
around this whole universe.
with the 50 states in the United States,
more than 145 countries in the world,
programs in 80 nations on Earth.
when we go into a country,
the king or the president,
in the most remote areas of Africa.
at the Carter Center
I can tell you without any equivocation
of human rights on Earth
is the abuse of women and girls.
that I'll mention to begin with.
of religious scriptures, holy scriptures,
New Testament, Quran and so forth,
who are now in the ascendant positions
and in the mosques.
to make sure that women
to a secondary position
It's ordinarily not addressed.
a Southern Baptist for 70 years --
Sunday school every Sunday;
in the year 2000 decided
a secondary position,
pastors, deacons in the church,
teach a man, and so forth.
for instance, wants to cheat women,
are not equal in the eyes of God,
for doing the same kind of work?
is the excessive resort to violence,
tremendously around the world.
for instance, we have had
in abuse of poor people,
by putting them in prison.
as governor of Georgia,
were in prison.
per 1,000 are in prison.
in the number of women
[one of the only countries] on Earth
that is a developed country.
the countries that are most abusive
in encouraging the death penalty.
and I figured out the other day
four billion dollars
for the death penalty.
dollars it costs California
abolishing the death penalty,
of poor people and helpless people
in abuse of women.
abuses of women that concern me most,
a limited amount of time, as you know.
and not known by American women,
very soon in her life,
by a so-called cutter
in a non-sterilized way,
of a woman's genitalia.
but not very rare cases,
can just urinate or menstruate.
the same cutter goes in
so she can have sex.
it's against the law in most countries.
that live in Egypt today
it's more than 98 percent
before they reach maturity.
is honor killings,
again, of a holy scripture --
that mandates this --
that her father does not approve,
wears inappropriate clothing.
of her own family,
so-called disgrace to the family.
not so long ago by the United Nations
of these murders of a girl
the uncle or the brother,
are conducted by women.
particularly is slavery,
sold from Africa into slavery
the 19th century and the 18th century.
now living in slavery.
now has a mandate from Congress
that 800,000 people are sold
every year into slavery,
of those sold are women,
in human bondage, or slavery.
the Carter Center is located
people sold into slavery every month.
in the nation because of that.
airport in the world,
that come from the Southern Hemisphere.
that has brown or black skin,
several times more than that,
and in the United States now
the total drug trade in Atlanta, Georgia.
and the basic problem is prostitution,
a whorehouse in America
of police or the mayor and so forth.
of the worst problems,
increasingly and put into sexual slavery
decided to change the law,
and the male customers are prosecuted,
prostitution has gone down.
just the opposite position.
for illegal sex trade,
in the United States of America.
towards this so-called Swedish model.
in this country that all of us admire:
how many sexual assaults take place.
there were 26,000 sexual assaults
are actually prosecuted,
officer of any organization --
or a battalion in the Army
has the right under law to decide
is for anybody to know
sexual assaults are taking place,
who enter American universities
before she graduates,
a lot of publicity,
but other things,
are now condemned
under Title IX
are not taking care of the women
that more than half of the rapes
take place by serial rapists,
they'll be prosecuted,
they can rape with impunity.
that go on in our society.
about the abuse of women and girls
but for full-time employment,
gets 23 percent less than a man.
the difference was 39 percent.
partially because I was president
there's been no progress made,
or 24 percent difference
nation on Earth.
with about 25 different countries
on the ground fighting.
we've been flying overhead
drones that attack people and so forth.
with 25 different countries
I won't say which ones,
we didn't launch a missile,
the resort to violence
of the holy scriptures
of abuse of women and girls.
that I need not mention,
men don't give a damn.
I'm against the abuse of women and girls
position that we occupy,
to what I knew when I was a child,
had existed for 100 years,
Between the States, the Civil War,
there were many white people
racial discrimination was okay,
of better jobs,
that exists today,
really doesn't care.
discrimination against girls and women,"
the majority of men
the military system,
the governments of the world,
the great religions.
that we need to do today?
that we could do today
and who have freedom to speak and to act,
against girls and women
about her daughters
to detail about that.
will get your husbands to realize
and the military and so forth
and your granddaughters.
four children, and 10 great-grandchildren,
will face in America,
or a foreign country,
and girls around the world
About the speaker:Jimmy Carter - Peace activist
The president of the United States from 1977 to 1981, Jimmy Carter has used his post-presidency years to work for peace, teach, write and engage in global activism.
Why you should listen
While in office, Jimmy Carter brokered historic peace deals and treaties. Since the 1980s, he has worked tirelessly for conflict resolution around the globe through The Carter Center, where he has engaged in mediation in Ethiopia, Eritrea, North Korea, Liberia, Haiti, Bosnia, Venezuela, Nepal and the Middle East, among many other countries and regions. Under his leadership, The Carter Center has sent 96 election observation missions to the Americas, Africa and Asia. They're also leading the fight against Guinea worm, on track to be the second human disease in history to be eradicated.
In 2002, Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development." He's a member of the Elders, a group of independent global leaders working for peace and human rights.
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