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Press Release: ‘Forgotten Girls’ Provides Critical Insight into Recent Boko Haram Kidnapping, Other Global Abuses
Book Serves as Call to Action to Break Cycle of Exploitation and Violence against Defenseless, Voiceless Young Women
ROSWELL, Ga. – While the world stands horrified at the kidnapping of more than 200 young girls in Nigeria by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, and rapes and deaths of women in India and Pakistan, “Forgotten Girls: Stories of Hope and Courage” provides critical insight and context for understanding the issues related to the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.
Women and girls comprise more than 60 percent of the world’s illiterate, 80 percent of the world’s trafficked and 98 percent of all sex slaves. Millions of females suffer a lifetime of violence and injustice. Moved to compassion by these realities, Michele Rickett, co-author of “Forgotten Girls” with Kay Marshall Strom, and founder of She Is Safe (www.sheissafe.org), traveled to some of the most high-risk places to tell the individual stories of women and girls mired in the seemingly unbreakable chain of exploitation.
Along the way, she also discovered women and girls rising above their circumstances and paving new roads to hope and freedom.
“While the world is focused on the violence of the Boko Haram kidnapping and other atrocities, ‘Forgotten Girls’ provides a helpful framework for understanding the conditions and background that often lead to the oppression and sale of girls,” Rickett said. “The book lays out this framework, tells stories of abused and enslaved girls who have overcome these injustices, and also provides important action steps to address the conditions that leave girls vulnerable to being sold. This book is a window into the root causes that we have to address.” Read More: ‘Forgotten Girls’ Provides Critical Insight into Recent Boko Haram Kidnapping
Book Excerpt: Forgotten Girls
Numb with horror, little Amina moved along with a group of other survivors desperate to escape the nighttime attack. They helped each other keep moving. “I got lost and could not find my way back. As I wandered around, armed men abducted me. They held me captive, forcing me to cook for them, wash their clothes and sleep with them.
One day all the men left the camp, and the girls were left with one of the gunman. Three of us looked at each other, and we made the decision: it would be better to run and die than to stay with those men…”
Author Bio: Michele Rickett
Michele Rickett is the founder and president of She Is Safe, a global ministry that works to prevent, rescue and restore women and girls from abuse and exploitation in high-risk places around the world.
Michele has led international outreach for over 20 years. Her life mission was born out of experiences living and working in Africa as a young missionary, where she learned that girls were often kept home to work, marry or be sold. She established She Is Safe to share Christ and equip women and girls to build new lives in the highest-risk and least-reached places. She began by creating partnerships with local women leaders across the globe, while researching, publishing and speaking to raise a Christ-centered response to the abuse and slavery of women and girls.
Under her leadership, She Is Safe has assembled a highly effective team and forged effective strategies to equip oppressed women and girls to break the cycles of abuse and slavery as they learn about and live for Christ. “Our work won’t be complete until every one of the 600 million girls in the developing world has her fair opportunity to consider Christ, and become the woman He created her to be.”
Michele is a published author and engaging speaker. She has co-authored three books, among them is InterVarsity Press bestseller Forgotten Girls, co-authored with Kay Marshall Strom. The new Expanded Edition includes the latest statistics, and a discussion guide with scripture for use in bible study groups and book clubs.
Talking Points for Michele
As author of Forgotten Girls and president of She Is Safe, Michele Rickett brings inspiring stories, proven strategies and field-tested knowledge to bear on issues affecting girls in the hard places around the world.
Michele can speak to the following topics:
- Pain and potential for girls: The twin burdens of violence and poverty fall most heavily on the shoulders of girls. But when they are equipped and empowered, girls hold the greatest potential to build better lives for their families and communities. Michele can share inspiring stories and proven ways to empower at-risk girls to transform their world.
- God’s heart for girls: God hears the cries of suffering girls around the globe, and he is calling his people to intervene. As the tide of outrage over the oppression of girls rises, Michele draws on decades of ministry with at-risk girls to discuss God’s heart for “the least of these,” the girls who suffer under the worst forms of abuse and exploitation.
- Violence against girls: From gender-based shootings to mass kidnappings to domestic abuse, violence against girls is dominating headlines around the world. With compassion and clarity, Michele can draw on years of caring for girls in the world’s hard places to help her audience learn how to understand, talk and interact with these hard realities.
- True Transformations: “A whole generation of girls is waiting for us to raise our voices on their behalf,” says Michele Rickett. She offers powerful ways for everyday people to get informed, get together and get working to provide lasting change in the lives of oppressed girls around the globe.
To schedule an interview with Michele Rickett, see a review copy or discuss how Michele might be a useful resource, contact the She Is Safe office at 877-552-1402.
Suggested Interview Questions
- What is your book, “Forgotten Girls: Stories of Hope and Courage,” all about?
- What compelled you to write it?
- What are your aspirations for the book? How can it be used, and what do you hope comes out of writing it?
- How well has the book been received?
- Where can the book be purchased?
- You are founder and president of the ministry, She Is Safe. Tell me what that ministry is all about?
- How did you get started in this kind of ministry?
- What is your vision for the ministry?
- What are the biggest obstacles that you see that need to beovercome in this kind of ministry?
- What can everyday Christians do to help?
- Do you speak in churches and to large groups, perhaps women’s groups?
- What is the best way to get in touch with you?
- Is there anything else that you’d like to add?