Former President Carter highlights women’s rights at book signing

Former President Carter signs books in Austin.
Former President Carter signs books in Austin.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former President Jimmy Carter signed his new book and answered questions from the press in Austin Tuesday, ahead of his remarks at the Civil Rights Summit.

Carter signed his  book A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power at Book People in Austin.

During the event, he spoke to reporters about the book, women’s issues, his childhood, and even the current situation in Ukraine.

“I grew up in an area of Georgia (where) we were the only white family. We had 55 African-American families around us. So I saw the ravages of racial discrimination when I was a child,” said Carter.

The former president is focusing fighting discrimination against women and on women’s rights in the United States and around the world.

“For instance in this country now we have massive slavery, which not many people know about. The State Department said last year that a 100,000 girls in the United States were sold into sexual slavery,” said Carter. “Our university campuses are rampant with sexual assault.”

Turning to international politics, Carter talked about Crimea’s close ties to Russia and his view on U.S. policy in the region.

“We have to stop [Russian President Vladimir Putin] now. He can’t be permitted to take military action in eastern Crimea,” said Carter.

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