"Half the Sky" and Somaly Mam

In a recent tweet, '09 IF speaker @SomalyMam pointed out an inspiring new book "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide", authored by Sheryl WuDunn and '07 IdeaFestival presenter Nicholas Kristof. Describing the systematic exploitation of brutal treatment of woman worldwide - including many who have managed to face down despair - "Half the Sky" was featured this Sunday in the New York Times.

The book's stories are undoubtedly close to the heart of Somaly Mam, herself sold as a young girl into a criminal industry that now, unbelievably, disturbingly, eclipses drug trafficking in worldwide revenue. Since her escape she had dedicated her life to rescuing woman and children from slavery.

Hear her story at the IdeaFestival.