Does God hate women?

President Jimmy Carter stopped by The Washington Post  for a question and answer session on Wednesday afternoon, reflecting on religion and the status of women and girls across the globe, the subject he covers in his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.”

The very first question, by Sally Quinn, founding editor of OnFaith, who was joined by Post columnist David Ignatius, was poignant:  Given what women face across the globe, often under the guise of religion, has God turned his back on women? Carter, with his seventy years of teaching Sunday School and post-White House humanitarian work, is probably one of the best people to answer such a question. Take a listen in this video:

Sally Quinn, founding editor of OnFaith, asks former President Jimmy Carter about the abuse of women around the world. (Meena Ganesan/The Washington Post)

Carter also talked about human trafficking and what is often called “modern day slavery.”  Atlanta, with its international airport,  is apparently a hub, the former president said.

President Jimmy Carter tells Post columnist David Ignatius and OnFaith's Sally Quinn that an estimated 800,000 persons are sold to slavery each year, 80 percent of which are women and girls. "You can buy a girl in the south for about a $1,000," he says. (Meena Ganesan/The Washington Post)

Quinn also asked Carter, which countries had the worst record of abuse when it comes to women and girls.

Sally Quinn, founding editor of OnFaith, asks former President Jimmy Carter about countries and faiths that oppress women more than others. (Meena Ganesan/The Washington Post)


Nia-Malika Henderson is a political reporter for The Fix.
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