Thursday, April 17, 2014

Interview with President Carter

President Jimmy Carter was in San Francisco on a tour to talk about his latest book, "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power" - topics of high interest to me as an Arabic speaking African, American, and Muslim woman.

One of the most interesting points he makes in his book is that religions (and he refreshingly doesn't only focus on Islam as a 'go-to' example) are not inherently misogynistic; it's the men who misinterpret and manipulate religious texts who cause much of the oppression and degradation that happens to women around the world.

He has chapters on girl infanticide in Asia, female genital cutting in Africa, but equally: abuse of women in the US - military harassment, rape on college campuses, and the trafficking of girls in America.

Lots to talk about. I had 30 minutes with him. Here's how they went, in this interview for KALW's Crosscurrents.