"A Call to Action" by Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter was encouraged to write A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power by leaders of all faiths. Almost the entire chapter 15 is devoted to Tostan and ending FGC (Female Genital Cutting).                                 

"A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power" by Jimmy Carter

Publisher Simon & Schuster

"Around the world, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have seen inequality rising rapidly with each passing decade This is true in both rich and poor countries, and among the citizens within them. Carter draws upon his own experiences and the testimony of courageous women from all regions and all major religions to demonstrate that women around the world, more than half of all human beings, are being denied equal rights. This is an informed and passionate charge about a devastating effect on economic prosperity and unconscionable human suffering. It affects us all."

Writing about Tostan and ending FGC  in chapter 15 the last sentence reads "Local efforts like Tostan should be supported and replicated to ensure sustained eradication of such harmful practices."
                                   
Carter points out that religious texts are interpreted "almost exclusively by powerful male leaders within the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and other faiths, to proclaim the lower status of women and girls." The abuse of women worldwide is “largely caused by a false interpretation of carefully selected religious texts and a growing tolerance of violence and warfare."
"This is not a women's issue, it affects us all."