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For the activist on your list

December 10, 2009

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This time of year there are always lots of gift guides published — what to get for Mom, Dad, the hostess and the fashionista. Jewelry? A snuggie? Suggestions abound. But what about the activist?

Mercy Corps has been working with authors Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn to promote their new book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The book tells the inspiring stories of brave women who have overcome daunting circumstances to set their lives on a better path.

Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner praises the book as "at once a savage indictment of gender inequality in the developing world and an inspiring testament to these women's courage, and their struggle for hope and recovery. An unexpectedly uplifting read."

And if you purchase Half the Sky through these links to Amazon or Powell's Books, Mercy Corps will receive between 4 to 7.5 percent of the order to support our mission around the world. (For Amazon orders our take depends on the month's volume of items purchased using that link; for Powell's it's 7.5 percent.)

But for an even better gift, pair the book with one of our women-inspired Mercy Kits:

  • The Women's Small Business Kit gives women the resources to turn their ideas and energy into successful small businesses.
  • The Women's Health Kit helps establish maternal health and midwifery programs in places like Guatemala, Honduras and India to provide vital, compassionate care.
  • The Women's Leadership Kit helps provide the training, mentorship and other support for women in developing countries to blossom into successful entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Your loved one will receive a beautiful card featuring Mercy Corps' best photography and a description of how this gift supports Mercy Corps' work around the globe.

How's that for a one-two punch against the oppression of women — and a gift they'll remember for a long time.