Speaking at the the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions, Jimmy Carter argues that the plight of abused women is made more acceptable by the mandated subservience of women by religious leaders.
In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the Elders enlisted their grandchildren to help convey the message that the world must act now to prevent climate catastrophe in the future.
On the second day of their visit, the Elders met Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as well as Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad in Ramallah. On their way to the West Bank, they stopped at the Qalandia checkpoint, where hundreds of Palestinians line up daily to cross into Israel under tight security. There they met Zaina who has made the crossing many times to go to school. Zaina joined other young Palestinians in conversation with the Elders later in the day to express their frustrations with the current situation and their hopes for peace.
Jimmy Carter discusses the impact of religion and tradition on the lives of women and girls.
Three members of The Elders visited Cyprus to lend their support to the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, and to commend Mr Demetris Christofias and Mr Mehmet Ali Talat for their efforts to reunify the island. The Elders urge the international community to embrace the fact that a lasting settlement is within reach, and to actively support the leaders and the peace process.
Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Lakhdar Brahimi met young people from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities to hear about their hopes for the future and to encourage both communities to live in peace.
President Carter shares his hopes that the Elders will find success through good judgment, dedication and courage.