Photo Credit: Esther Rothblum
“Women Who Light the Dark is a richly textured book chronicling the voices of women who are triumphing over difficult lives. The voices come from the darkest shadows of troubled areas around the world, but they speak of courage, dignity and hope, for at the core of this book, its very essence, is a message about empowerment. We can transform the world around us, says author Paola Gianturco whose spirit lights her own work." >> Read the full review.
Paola is interviewed on Dialogue (Idaho Public Television)
The images of women in all your books tell the same message of struggle, pain, joy and most of all: strength. You capture all these moments in the life of us all, with so much passion--and never fail to bring out the dignity and values we sacrifice our lives for. A big thank you,
I want to let you know that I am so glad that my bracelet from Albania gave you the idea of the title of the book. I read the whole book and I showed it to my parents and friends here. It is an amazing book because you are an amazing woman, Paola. I am really lucky to know you!
Greetings from snowy Slovakia like on your first, I hope not last, visit. I presented your book at my university. All the stories are so tough; what damages on childhood. My sister Viera was so happy with what she saw (of her groups) on You Tube…
REVIEWS FROM READERS
I've been reading your book, Women Who Light the World, and am almost through. I just want to let you know how incredible I find your work - the fantastic photos, the connections you make with women all over the world, in difficult places, accomplishing inspiring things - absolutely amazing. I don't know how you do it; it's incredible!! Thank you so much for the work you do. Brava!!
Your book hit me like a ton of bricks. I sat down and read it cover to cover. One
chapter a day was all I could handle. The women are so radiant and their stories so
dark that their spirit just jumps off the pages. What a marvelous work you've
produced! Not since I was 16 and came upon The Family of Man have I felt so deeply
affected by such a book. F of M people became internalized as my friends and family,
and similarly the women in your pictures and stories have moved in.
E.B., Gustine, California
I’d like to thank you for the book. The photographs are stunning and your words are both empowering and filled with so much love for the women you write about. Reading your book, I cried on more than one occasion. The women you describe are such leaders, the book was inspirational to read…helping me navigate my own personal goals and values. I hope you will publish many more in the future.
Congratulations on your amazing book. It is going to be my Christmas present for everyone I know. Marianne Gucciardi
Everyone to whom I’ve either sent or sent to buy your latest book has been deeply moved by the power of it.
Inspiring and uplifting. I hope that someday I'll be able to follow my passion like
you have, and perhaps even follow in your worthy mission!
Alison, Eugene, Oregon
I personally feel it is a big privilege that you included stories and photos of "my"
Slovak Roma women in the concept of your book mapping women's NGO projects in so
many parts of the world. Thank you, Paola. For your commitment, generosity and
willingness to travel with your camera around the world to let other people know
about the strength and creativity of diverse women and girls. I am proud that our
Fund found a "home" in your book. Hopefully many people will buy the book and in
that way, also contribute to the enlightenment of our world.
Viera Klementova, Country Director for Slovakia Slovak-Czech Women's Fund
It was very inspiring for me to know about experiences from such different countries. It is great you have published the book and it is important and useful for other women, and people in general. I thank you that our "inter-ethnic" project with its picture postcards can be part of such a book. Mariana Mlynarcikova Slovakia
REVIEWS FROM THE STAFF OF THE GLOBAL FUND FOR WOMEN (The organization that will receive 100% of the author’s royalties from Women Who Light the Dark)
The love and commitment you show to women’s rights and to GFW is immense and much appreciated. Muadi
Your work is an inspiration and an honor to women everywhere. Thank you for your
dedication. Jennifer Weber
You rock our world and light up our lives. Kavita
Your work is so vital to connect women around the world to each other. You tell such a beautiful and important story. Thank you for all the love you bring to the world! Erin
Thank you so much for your profound generosity of spirit, time, passion and creativity! We are so fortunate and grateful. Susanna
Thank you, Paola! What an incredible gift you have given GFW and the women of the world. Lanell
Thank you a million times for your passion and commitment to GFW! Shalini
It was wonderful to hear you speak. Thank you for everything you have done. Suzanne
Thanks for this amazing book. Susana
Your beautiful photos brighten our lives every day. Thank you for sharing them with us!
You are truly a woman who lights the dark for so many of us. May the book break all sales records and best seller lists. With deep respect, gratitude and warmth, Nancy
Thank you, Paola for your incredible generosity and creativity! Preeti
News from Global Women's Leadership Network
We are delighted to report that Paola Gianturco's Women Who Light the Dark has sold out its first printing and is a Los Angeles Times bestseller. Paola spoke at GWLN's January Global Innovation Dialogue event and shared stories and photographs from her bestseller.
If you are looking for the perfect Valentine's Day, birthday, and Mother's Day gift, go to www.womenwholightthedark.com and check out the Special Gift Offers. You will also be giving a gift to the Global Fund for Women, because Paola donates 100 percent of her royalties to this nonprofit foundation that provides grants to women-led organizations worldwide that promote the economic independence, health, safety, education, and leadership of women and girls.
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