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In early Jimmy CarterMarch, former President Jimmy Carter flew into the Twin Cities as a speaker for a Nobel Peace Prize forum. He spoke about human rights and democracy, and specifically about the treatment of women and girls as the #1 human rights violation in the world. “We have more cases of human slavery now than existed in the 19th century and earlier times,” said former President Carter. He continued, “Organized religion, including Catholics and Baptists, don’t consider women equal to men, enabling low pay and even physical abuse. As long as a top religion says that women are inferior, this gives a freedom of action to a husband who wants to abuse his wife.”

He’s 90 and in his retirement, yet he has visited 142 countries, brokered peace deals and elections, and worked to eradicate disease in the developing world. He has dedicated his post-White House career to causes where light needs to shine. In 2002, more than 20 years after he left the presidential office, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts.

Women as Healers is a “platform” to discuss these feminist issues and women’s rights. It is heart-warming to watch someone with so much clout, credibility and diplomatic experience share our vision and continue to work diligently to make the world a better place. While we usually say, “You Go Girl!!,” this time we’re saying, “Yes Man … Go, Go, GO!!”

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