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Giveaway: True Grit by Deborah Meroff

True Grit: Women Taking On the World, for God's SakeFor several weeks I was posting small snippets from a book — True Grit: Women Taking On the World, for God’s Sake by Deborah Meroff — as part of my Lenten observation. When I informed the publisher, Authentic Media, of my plan, they graciously sent me a few copies of the book, to giveaway.

Besides the vast amount of data (which I quoted from), True Grit also contains touching narratives related to each theme or topic; in no way, even in this many posts, have I done more than scratch the surface of this book’s content. It’s well worth reading.

And now the time has come.

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post with one thing you learned, or one thing that really struck you, from my 40-post series. I’ll accept entries through Tuesday, May 2, 2011. (One entry per person; U.S./Canada only.)

ETA: This giveaway is now closed. See who won.

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The legal ban in Bangladesh on the marriage of girls below 18 years of age has rarely been enforced. About 51 percent are married by the age of 18. According to estimates by groups campaigning against the practice, under-age nuptials … Continue reading

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Millions of widows in sub-Saharan Africa are robbed, beaten, raped and evicted from their homes — often by their own in-laws — because women are considered unworthy of equal property rights. Unlawful treatment is even more common when a husband … Continue reading

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Approximately 500,000 women are annually trafficked into Western Europe. page 175, True Grit: Women Taking On the World, for God’s Sake by Deborah Meroff Wondering what this is all about? Read my post explaining why and how I’m commemorating Lent … Continue reading

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Displaced and marginalized women are at particularly high risk of exploitation and domestic abuse. However, in many refugee communities around the world, violence to women often goes ignored by civil authorities. The inaction is justified as ‘respecting cultural differences.’ As … Continue reading

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Twenty-four thousand people die daily from hunger. Children under 5 make up three-fourths of this number. page 152, True Grit: Women Taking On the World, for God’s Sake by Deborah Meroff Wondering what this is all about? Read my post … Continue reading

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Social workers in Toronto estimate that there are 10,000 children living on the streets, and that many of them fall prey to pimps. More than 400 children, some as young as 11, are reported as working for pimps in Calgary … Continue reading

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The dowry system has been legally banned in India for over 40 years. Nevertheless, the offering and receiving of a marriage settlement is still an expected practice in many parts of the subcontinent. Since it falls upon the bride’s family … Continue reading