Former President Jimmy Carter's next book will champion women's rights and criticize those who hide behind religion to deny equality.
"A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power" is scheduled for publication March 25, according to publisher Simon & Schuster.
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Carter, 89, was the United States' 39th president, serving from 1977-81. The book is described as his personal observations from his travels around the globe, according to The Associated Press
. He describes many abuses against women and girls, and cites the twisting of religious texts used as justification.
Carter has also written "In An Hour Before Daylight" about his Depression-era boyhood on a Georgia farm, as well as "The Virtues of Aging" and a controversial book on the Middle East titled, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."
"I am convinced that discrimination against women and girls is one of the world's most serious, all-pervasive and largely ignored violations of basic human rights," Carter wrote in his book proposal, which was obtained in September 2013 by The New York Times
. "It is disturbing to realize that women are treated most equally in some countries that are atheistic or where governments are strictly separated from religion."
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