Join NOW Senior Entertainment editor, author and feminist commentator Susan G. Cole in conversation with the celebrated and accomplished Sally Armstrong.
Armstrong is an Amnesty International award winner, a member of the Order of Canada, holder of 7 honourary degrees, a teacher, journalist, human rights activist, and contributor to Maclean's, Chatelaine and the CBC. She is a member of the International Women's Commission, a UN body that consists of 20 Palestinian women, 20 Israeli women, and 12 internationals whose mandate is assisting with the path to peace in the Middle East.
Armstrong's newest book, Ascent of Women (Random House, release date March 5th), is about the final frontier for women: having control over your own body, whether in zones of conflict, in rural villages, on university campuses or in your own kitchen. Recent studies by economists such as Jeffrey Sachs and social scientists such as Isobel Coleman claim that women who gain such control-who are not oppressed-are the key to economic justice and the end to violence in developing countries around the world.
"As the spotlight intensifies on women around the world - from Tahrir square in Egypt to a public bus in India to our own native chiefs - I can't wait to talk to one of the world's most astute observers of the female condition." - Susan G. Cole, NOW Senior Entertainment editor, author and feminist commentator
"Sally Armstrong is the war correspondent for the world's women. Striding into Taliban-held Afghanistan with a burka over her six-foot frame, playing high-fives with a traumatized child rape survivor in the Congolese jungle, marching with the defiant grandmothers in Swaziland, she explores the darkest reaches of women's experience and brings back astonishing news of hope, challenge and change. From Tahrir Square to Senegal, Armstrong discovers that the sisters are doing it for themselves-and revolutionizing the world." - Michele Landsberg, author of Writing the Revolution
"This book is Sally Armstrong at her best: engaging storytelling peppered with thoughtful analysis and passionate activism. Ascent of Women is at once heart-wrenching and inspiring, and a powerful reminder that the struggle for women's equality continues. A must-read for men and women of every generation." - Dr. Samantha Nutt, author, Damned Nations, and founder, War Child
"Around the world, away from the spotlight, women and girls are overcoming tremendous obstacles to insist on their rights. Sally Armstrong found them when few other journalists even cared to know their names. This is their story. And our inspiration-a triumph of women's empowerment and Sally Armstrong's deep humanity and visionary journalism." - Anna Maria Tremonti, host of The Current on CBC Radio One
Where: Drake Underground (address and map below)
When: Wed, Mar 6, 2013 @ 7 pm (doors open 6:15, event ends 9 pm)
Tickets: $17 (HST included) + 2% ticket service charge
Tickets can be purchased online, in-person at NOW Magazine, 189 Church Street, and at the Drake Underground on the day of the show.
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