Protecting the World's Mothers
Now, Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Pulitzer Prize winner Sheryl WuDunn, are inspiring people like you to help women and children through their book Half the Sky . "In the 19th century, the foremost challenge was slavery," Nicholas says. "Today, we think it is the gender inequity, especially in the developing world."
One of the most dangerous forms of sex discrimination is the lack of proper healthcare for women in developing nations, as evidenced in Nicholas' haunting report about a young mother.
Prudence, a mother of three living in a remote Cameroon village, had few resources available when she went into labor with her fourth child. After three days of agonizing pain, a midwife sat on her stomach in a desperate attempt to force the baby out. Prudence's uterus ruptured.
From the start, the odds were stacked against Prudence—an African woman has a one in 20 chance of dying during pregnancy. After days of suffering, her family found someone to drive her 75 miles to the nearest hospital. She rode on the back of a motorcycle.