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Former President Jimmy Carter writing book on women's rights; scheduled for March 25 release

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks to a group of Duke University alumni at the Carter Center in Atlanta in this Feb. 15, 2012 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/John Bazemore

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks to a group of Duke University alumni at the Carter Center in Atlanta in this Feb. 15, 2012 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/John Bazemore

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Jimmy Carter's next book will be a defence 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."

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