Jimmy Carter's next project: Speaking up for the world's women

Jimmy Carter's next book will defend women's rights and challenge the use of religion to deny equality, reports Simon & Shuster, who have published several of Jimmy Carter's books.

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Former president Jimmy Carter talks with a Korean War veteran as he signs copies of his book 'Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,' at the Changing Hands bookstore in 2006, in Tempe, Ariz.

Jimmy Carter's next book will be a defense of women's rights and an attack against those who use religion to deny equality.

Simon & Shuster announced Tuesday that the former president's "A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power" will be published March 25.

The publisher says Carter will draw upon personal observations from his worldwide travels as he condemns abuses of women and girls and the alleged distortions of religious texts cited as justification.

The 89-year-old has written a wide range of books since leaving office in 1981, from memoirs and poetry to a controversial work on the Middle East, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

Other books he has written include "An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood," "Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis," "Through the Year with Jimmy Carter: 366 Daily Meditations from the 39th President," and "We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work."

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