Champion of choice : the life and legacy of women's advocate Nafis Sadik / Cathleen Miller.

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Biography of the world's foremost advocate for women's health and reproductive rights and the first female director of a United Nations agency. An obstetrician, wife, mother, and devout Muslim, Sadik has been a courageous and tireless advocate for women, insisting on discussing the difficult issues that impact their lives: education, contraception, abortion, as well as rape and other forms of violence. After Sadik joined the fledgling UN Population Fund in 1971, her groundbreaking strategy for providing females with education and the tools to control their own fertility has dramatically influenced the global birthrate. This book is the first to examine Sadik's contribution to history and the unconventional methods she has employed to go head-to-head with world leaders to improve millions of women's lives. Interspersed between the chapters recounting Sadik's life are vignettes of females around the globe who represent her campaign against domestic abuse, child marriage, genital mutilation, and other human rights violations.


Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2013]

Physical description

xiv, 496 pages, [18] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm



Birth -- Welcoming the girls -- Azhar -- Karachi -- The wedding -- Doctor's orders -- Mothers -- Family planning -- The UN -- The director -- The Vatican -- Cairo -- Beijing -- Back home -- On the ground -- Onward.
Zadia Birru, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -- Nargis Ansari, Bhanwargarh, India -- Chanti Prattipati, Berkeley, United States -- Dora Chemenu, Manhea, Ghana -- Angela Karogo, Narok, Kenya -- Rubima Javed, Tetral, Pakistan -- Natasha Bankov, St. Petersburg, Russia -- Vianca Ivonne Huerta Garcia, Mexico City, Mexico -- Ermelinda da Silva Ximenes, Tibar, East Timor -- Juliana Di Tullio, Buenos Aires, Argentina -- Teresa Lanza, La Paz, Bolivia -- Mona Daoud, Cairo, Egypt -- Wang Lijuan, Beijing, China -- Sevdie Ahmeti, Pristina, Kosovo -- Jintana Dahkling, Bangkok, Thailand.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.


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