In Of Women, Shami Chakrabarti argues that gender injustice is arguably the greatest human rights abuse on the planet. In Of Women the former Director of Liberty makes the case for radical positive action in every sphere of life to promote the vindication of the rights of women worldwide. From the disparity in the number of male and female births to issues of schooling, work, ownership, faith, political and media representation and international diplomacy, Of Women outlines what needs fixing and makes, clear, inspiring proposals about what we do next, putting gender justice at the centre of the progressive political agenda. The prize is a great one; the collateral benefits to peace, prosperity, sustainability and general human happiness are potentially enormous.
Chakrabarti details how global gender injustice continues to impact health, wealth, education, representation, opportunity and security in the 21st century. It is no exaggeration to describe it as an “apartheid”, but not limited to one country or historical period — millennial in duration and global in reach.
Shami Chakrabarti is Britain's leading human rights campaigner. Labour's Shadow Attorney General and a member of the House of Lords, Shami Chakrabarti was the Director of Liberty, the National Council for Civil Liberties from 2003 to 2016. She is the author of On Liberty, an impassioned defence of human rights, published in 2014.