LITTLEJOHN AT U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL IN GENEVA: CHINA IS A SEVERE ABUSER OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Panelists from left to right: Lois Herman, Director, Women’s United Nations Reporting Network (Moderator); Littlejohn; Mohinder Watson, Founder of ACE & FM (addressed a related Panel on Child Widows), Margaret Owen, Director of Widows for Peace through Democracy. Photo courtesy of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, JUNE 27, 2019.   Women’s Rights Without Frontiers co-hosted a Panel at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, together with the Women’s United Nations Reporting Network.  WRWF President, Reggie Littlejohn, stated, “It was a great honor, and indeed a minor miracle, to co-host this landmark Panel, highly critical of the Chinese government’s record on women’s rights.  China sits on the Human Rights Council in Geneva and has veto power.  I don’t know how our Panel seemed to slip through the cracks!”  The venue was packed, indicating the high level of interest in hearing the truth regarding the abuses against the rights of women and girls perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party.  Littlejohn’s remarks focused on several ways in which the Chinese government has violated the Beijing Platform for Action, whose 25th anniversary will arrive in 2020.  Specifically, Littlejohn focuses on the continuation of the sex-selective abortion of baby girls and forced abortion under the Two-Child Policy, as well as the unimaginable suffering of abandoned, elderly widows in the Chinese countryside.  Her full Address can be found below.

Abandoned in China:  Baby Girls and Widows

Address by Reggie Littlejohn, President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva

Palais des Nations, June 25, 2019

Honorable Dignitaries, Ladies and Gentlemen,

            It is an honor to address you concerning one of the greatest women’s rights issues of our day:  the abandonment of baby girls and elderly widows in China – unintended consequences of China’s One Child Policy.

            Next year will mark the 25-year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted in 1995 at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women.  Since this Platform was adopted in Beijing, the Chinese government should have been a world leader in the advancement of women’s rights articulated in that document.   Instead, Beijing itself has been the most aggressive violator of the Platform that bears its name.  The Chinese government needs to be held accountable for its massive violations of the rights of women and girls, from the day the Beijing Platform was adopted until today.  The Beijing Platform at Paragraph 115 states unequivocally:

115. Acts of violence against women also include forced sterilization and forced abortion, coercive/forced use of contraceptives, female infanticide and prenatal sex selection.

Rather than fighting against these practices, the Chinese Communist Party has systematically implemented them.  In so doing, it has committed violence against women in unprecedented proportions.

Gendercide

The Beijing Platform states that “discrimination and violence against girls begin at the earliest stages of life and continue unabated throughout their lives” and characterizes prenatal sex selection is an act of violence against women.  This violence begins with the termination of girl children, followed by a gender imbalance where, in China for example, there are an estimated 37 million more men than women. This imbalance is the driving force behind human trafficking and sexual slavery, not only within China but from the surrounding countries, and from as far away as Africa and the Americas.

There are an estimated 200 million women and girls missing in the world today, because of sex-selective abortion, abandonment and fatal neglect.  That number, 200 million, is greater than all the casualties of all the wars in the 20th Century.  This is the true War Against Women.

Gendercide continues under China’s Two-Child Policy.  Because of violent son-preference, second daughters are especially vulnerable.

            For example, after the institution of the Two-Child Policy, a woman from Anhui Province was forced by her husband to abort four baby girls.  The couple already had a daughter, and when China shifted from a One Child to a Two Child Policy in January 2016, the husband decided that they should have a second child, and that their second child must be a boy.  In July 2017, the woman died after these four abortions in quick succession, trying for a son. 

            It is this problem of violent son-preference that we have sought to through our “Save a Girl” Campaign, which has saved hundreds of baby girls from sex-selective abortion, abandonment or extreme poverty in rural China.  We are the only organization in the world that has boots on the ground in rural China, going to the doors of women, offering them words of encouragement and financial support to empower them to keep their daughters, instead of being pressured to abort or abandon them.

            We recently released a video about our “Save a Girl” Campaign.  It really brings to life the struggles of women in the Chinese countryside to resist pressure to abort or abandon their daughters, and how Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is providing them with a lifeline.

Gendercide in China; “Save a Girl” video (7 mins)

In China, there are an estimated 37 million more men living than women.  This extreme gender imbalance is driving human trafficking and sexual slavery, within China, from the surrounding countries, and from as far away as Africa and the Americas.

Senior Suicide and Abandoned Widows

            Another unintended consequence of the One-Child (now Two-Child) Policy is its impact on the elderly.

            The One-Child Policy has decimated Chinese family structure.  In rural China, couples would have large families and elders were venerated, so when a couple got old, their extended family would care for them.  Now, with no extended family to take care of them and no means to support themselves, many elderly in the Chinese countryside are left destitute.  China’s senior suicide rate has skyrocked 500 percent in the past 20 years.  Elderly rural women are particularly vulnerable.  590 women per day end their lives in China.  In the Chinese countryside, three times the number of women as men end their lives.

            Our unique network inside China is able to reach these elderly widows.  We go to their doors, offer them encouragement and much-needed financial support, through our “Save a Widow” Campaign.

“Save a Widow” in China (7 mins)

            We have been saving girls in China for years.  Only recently have we begun to save widows.  We have found that many people want to support our campaign to save girls, and relatively few our campaign to save widows.  Why? 

            Some of our widows can hardly walk, some have failing vision. They can barely take care of themselves, much less anyone else.  Their long lives of laboring for their families are over, and now many are abandoned by those for whom they sacrificed so deeply. 

            I believe this is the measure of whether we, the international human rights community, have a true commitment to the dignity of every person.  Will we commit precious resources to those whose destiny will not be economic productivity, but death?   Will we sacrifice to help someone whose life has been unimaginably hard, so that when she passes on, at least she will do so knowing that someone, somewhere cares enough about her to make sure she will not die of starvation or suicide?

Forced Abortion

            Another way that China has violated the Beijing Platform is in the area of forced abortion.   Since its inception in 1980, China has boasted that it has prevented 400 million lives through its infamous One Child Policy.  Hundreds of millions were prevented through forced abortion, forced sterilization and infanticide.  Some of these forced abortions were committed up to the ninth month of pregnancy.  Women died because of the violence of late term forced abortions. 

            Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has taken a leading role in exposing the atrocity of forced abortion in China and demanding its end.

Stop Forced Abortion – China’s War on Women! Video (4 mins) [WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGE]

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjtuBcJUsjY

            The two-child policy took effect on January 1, 2016.  Since that time, reports have emerged of continued forced abortion.  It has not stopped this slaughter.  The new rule is that every couple is allowed to have two children.  Therefore, it is still illegal for single women to have babies in China, and third children are still illegal.

            In November 2018, NPR reported the forced abortion of the third child of an ethnic Kazakh woman.  She had married and moved to Kazakhstan.  When she crossed the border into China, to cancel her Chinese citizenship, authorities learned that she was pregnant with her third child and forced her to abort it.

            China watchers have stated that China will soon “abandon” the two-child policy, instituting a three-child policy, or perhaps allowing all couples to have as many children as they want.  Watch the language.  Will it say all couples, or all people?  If the new law is only for couples, will single women still be forcibly aborted?

Conclusion

            China’s One Child Policy is the largest and most disastrous social experiment in the history of the world. Through it, the Chinese Communist Party boasts that it has“prevented” 400 million births. This is the hallmark of Communist regimes – the peacetime killing of their own citizens. Now China faces demographic disaster. Ironically, the Chinese Communist Party instituted the One Child Policy for economic reasons, but through it, it has written its own economic death sentence.

            With a population of almost 1.4 billion, one fifth of the population of the world lives in China.  One out of every five women lives in China.  The women of the world will not be free until the women of China are free!

Related Links

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 

https://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/beijing/platform/index.html

They Ordered Me to Get an Abortion – A Chinese Women’s Ordeal in Xinjiang

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/23/669203831/they-ordered-me-to-get-an-abortion-a-chinese-womans-ordeal-in-xinjiang

Chinese Woman Dies After Four Abortions in a Year Trying for a Boy

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2103073/chinese-woman-dies-after-four-abortions-year-trying-boy
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Reggie Littlejohn to Speak at the United Nations in Geneva

We are thrilled to announce that on June 25, WRWF will be co-hosting a Panel at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, together with the Women’s United Nations Reporting Network (WUNRN).  Reggie Littlejohn will be a featured speaker on this Panel, together with Author and Advocate Xinran, and Margaret Owen, Founder and CEO of Widows for Peace through Democracy.  The Panel is entitled, “Abandoned in China — Baby Girls and Abandoned Widows.”  We are humbled and honored to take our message to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. We would like to thank Lois Herman, Managing Director of the WUNRN and Moderator of the Panel, without whose tireless efforts this panel would not be possible.  

United Nations Human Rights Council 41 – Panel

ABANDONED IN CHINA – BABY GIRLS & ELDERLY WIDOWS

June  25, 2019

Time: 11:00 am-12:00 Noon – Room: XV

Palais des Nations – Geneva, Switzerland

The two most vulnerable groups of females in China are baby girls, whose mothers are pressured to abort or abandon them, and elderly widows. Widows are exponentially increasing all over the world, but the rising number of poor, destitute widows has been quite invisible, especially in China. Many are in small, remote Chinese villages and without social protection, social provision for survival with dignity. In a society that continues to favor males, baby girls and elderly widows are often considered a liability in China. Widows may have large medical bills for their deceased husbands and for themselves. Their family may be far away and often disinterested in caring for an ageing widow. Baby girls, if they are lucky enough to survive, are often abandoned, as their mothers are pressured to “give them away” in favor of having a boy. Baby girls and elderly widows are, indeed, a tragic hidden crisis in China. This Panel will discuss, show examples, and consider viable solutions, for Chinese baby girls and for elderly widows, with a particular focus on gender equality, human rights, and social justice.

 Distinguished Speakers:

·         Ms. Reggie Littlejohn – Attorney, Founder Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

·         Video on Abandoned Baby Girls & Forced Female Abortions in China

·         Ms. Margaret Owen – UK Barrister, Founder & CEO Widows for Peace through Democracy

·        China Elderly Widows Video

·         Ms. Xinran Xue – China-UK Gender Journalist, Author, & Advocate

Moderator: Ms. Lois A. Herman – Managing Director WUNRN-Women’s UN Report Network

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Tiananmen Square 30th Anniversary: Human Rights Have Deteriorated Since

Reggie Littlejohn Addresses the 30th Anniversary Tiananmen Commemoration Rally on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol, June 4

The following is a speech Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, delivered on June 4 at the Capitol Hill rally to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She could not deliver the entire speech because of time constraints, but the full text is below.

WASHINGTON, D.C.  30 years ago today, the Chinese Communist Party massacred innocent students as they took a courageous stand for democracy of their country.   They crushed any hope of political freedom in their land and left the rest of the world appalled, aghast at their brutality against the young and innocent.

Today, 30 years later, we see that human rights in China have not improved, but have deteriorated.

In 1994, when Most Favored Nation status was de-linked from human rights, the idea was that if we were to increase our economic and trade relationship with China, they would naturally embrace our values and improve on human rights.  That policy has proven to be an epic fail.

Today, Tiananmen Square could never have happened, because China has no freedom of Assembly.  People cannot gather on the square.   If just two people were to gather on the square and hold up a sign, they will be detained immediately.

It would be impossible to gather so many people from so many parts of the country onto the Square, because China has become a surveillance state.  They use technology as tools of repression:  Millions of surveillance cameras for facial recognition and millions more of internet thought police to spy on their citizens. They issue social credit scores, and if your score is low enough, you cannot travel.  They force people to study “Xi Jinping Thought,” which indoctrination permeates schools, billboards, and smart phones.

Reading the Congressional-Executive Commission on China report on human rights in China is like reading an indictment.  As China’s economy has grown, so has its notorious disregard of human rights:

* More than 1 million Uyghur and other Muslim ethnic minorities are currently in “Political reeducation” concentration camps

*Experts believe that prisoners of conscience and religious believers are being executed to harvest their organs for transplant

*China exerts complete control and censorship of the media, jailing journalists who dare to tell the truth

*Xi Jinping has been consolidating his personal power.  He essentially declared himself King, abolishing term limits so that he will remain President of China for life.

*Approximately 150  Tibetans have resorted to self-immolation to protest the repression of Tibet by Beijing

*Underground Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, have undergone a tremendous persecution, with churches being bulldozed, crosses being torn down, pastors and priests jailed.  In April, 2016, in Henan province, a pastor’s wife, trying to protect her church from being bulldozed, was buried alive by the bulldozer.  She has become a symbol of persecution in China.  

*  The coercive enforcement of their population control policies is China’s war against women.  The CCP has functioned as “womb police,” declaring life or death over every pregnancy in the land.   This coercion, begun under the One Child Policy, has continued under the Two Child Policy.

It has been estimated that 65 million people died as a result of Mao Zedong’s creation of a “socialist” China.  This number makes him the greatest mass murderer of the 20thcentury.   Yet even that number is eclipsed by the 400 million lives prevented by coercive population control.  I would add that 400 million to the 65 million for a total of 465 million lives snuffed out by the CCP.  

This is the hallmark of Communist regimes – the peacetime killing of their own citizens. 

The two-child policy has not stopped this slaughter.  The new rule is that every couple is allowed to have two children. Therefore, it is still illegal for single women to have babies in China, and third children are still illegal. 

Girls are still selectively aborted.  And senior suicide has skyrocketed 500 percent in the past 20 years, because the One Child Policy has destroyed the family structure in China.  Elderly widows are abandoned, destitute, and are at risk of suicide.

Gender imbalance exacerbated by the One Child Policy is driving human trafficking and sexual slavery.  In its June 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report, the State Department has listed China as a “Tier 3” nation, one of the worst offenders in the world.  Does the CCP refuse to crack down of the trafficking of women because doing so could cause an insurrection of the 37 million men who will never find wives?

What should we do?  

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is the only organization in the world that has boots on the ground to saving babies from sex-selective abortion through our “Save a Girl” Campaign.  We are also saving destitute and abandoned widows through our “Save a Widow” Campaign.

We should utilize the Global Magnitsky Act, which authorizes the US government to sanction those human rights offenders, freeze their assets, and ban them from entering the U.S.  I propose this not only for family planning officials, but for all gross human rights offenders, who should be held publicly accountable.  Let all that has been hidden in darkness be brought to light.

With 1.4 billion people, China holds almost one fifth of the population of the world.  One in five people is suffering under the boot of this brutal, totalitarian regime.  The world will not be free until the people of China are free.

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Littlejohn to UN: – “It is Better to Die…” Widows at Risk in China

Reggie Littlejohn (in orange) with her co-presenters and several attendees after the March 11 event.  Her co-presenters were Jing Zhang (second row, fourth from the left), President of Women’s Rights in China; Lois Herman, Coordinator of the Women’s United Nations Reporting Network, who moderated; and Ms. Margaret Owen, Founder and CEO of Widows for Peace Through Democracy, to Reggie’s right in the photo.  Credit:  Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers  collaborated with the Women’s United Nations Reporting Network to sponsor an event at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.  The event was standing room only, a poweful success.   Here is an excerpt of Reggie’s remarks:

“Zhen Ting’s” husband passed away with necrosis of the bone five years ago.  She still remembers his last months, in and out of the hospital. The doctor finally told Zhen Ting to take her husband home and buy him his favorite foods. They had run out of money for hospitalization, and there was nothing more that could be done to save him. 

Zhen Ting’s daughter-in-law became very angry at the cost of her father-in-law’s illness.  The daughter-in-law yelled at this helpless, elderly couple. She told the neighbors, “It is better to die than live in pain and make the whole family suffer, spending all our savings so that we will become homeless people.” The daughter-in-law held out the example of an elderly woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She hanged herself on a tree in the back yard, to save her family from having to pay medical expenses. 

Zhen Ting says that her son is an introverted person; he would never stand up to his wife.  She had no support, no one to turn to, when a fieldworker from Women’s Rights Without Frontiers told her about our “Save a Widow” Campaign. Zhen Ting is deeply grateful for the monthly visit and monetary support she is now receiving.  She says that even though her own son has abandoned her, kind strangers from far away are willing to help her.  She told our fieldworker, “God is showing mercy to me and sent me an angel.”  

“Zhen Ting” (name changed to protect her privacy), a widow given dignity, hope and practical help through our “Save a Widow” Campaign.  Credit:  Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.

China’s current elderly population is 241 million, 17.3 % of the nation’s total population, and rising.  China’s elderly population is set to peak at nearly half a billion, or 35% of the total population, in 2050.  

Sadly, senior suicide is on the rise.  According to a report in the China Daily — a Chinese government–affiliated English language news outlet — the suicide rate of rural Chinese elderly has increased 500% in the past two decades, from 100 to 500 per 100,000.  According to sociologist Liu Yanwu, who studied the issue for six years, “. . . I was more shocked by the lack of concern in villages where the elderly commit suicide . . . It seems that death is nothing to fear, and suicide is a normal, even a happy end.”

In the past, elders were venerated and cared for by their children and grandchildren. “Filial piety was valued in old China, but many elderly people in rural areas can no longer depend on their children as a result of the great economic and social changes over the past three decades,” continues Liu, “and the pension system fails to compensate . . . In China, farmers are vulnerable, and old farmers are the most vulnerable.”

Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated, “the studies show that the elderly, especially elderly widows who traditionally have depended on their children to support them in old age, are becoming destitute and so desperate that they are committing suicide.  They are the invisible victims of the demographic disaster caused by the One Child Policy and are in urgent need of help.  

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is committed to helping Chinese women at every stage of their lives.  Our “Save a Girl” Campaign helps baby girls to be born, instead of being selectively aborted or abandoned because they are girls.  Likewise, we help their mothers defend themselves against the pressure to abort or abandon their baby girls.   And now through our “Save a Widow” Campaign, we are extending help to elderly widows, to ease their suffering and give them dignity and new hope in the twilight season of their lives.  

These efforts are not enough to help all the baby girls or all the abandoned widows in China. We call upon the Chinese government to step up its efforts to help those most vulnerable. 

Reggie and her husband, Robert in front of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women banner.  Credit:  Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

Related Links

Can China Afford Rapid Aging?https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4949193/

https://springerplus.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40064-016-2778-0

Suicide Among Elderly Increases http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2014-08/04/content_18239837.htm  

China’s Elderly Population to Peak at Half a Billion in 2050 https://gbtimes.com/chinas-elderly-population-to-peak-at-half-a-billion-in-2050

China’s Elderly Population Continues to Rise, With 241 Million Now Over 60 https://gbtimes.com/chinas-elderly-population-continues-to-rise 

Save a Widow Campaign https://www.womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=help-chinese-widows

Congressional-Executive Commission on China 2017 Report, “Population Control” section at p. 158 https://www.cecc.gov/publications/annual-reports/2017-annual-report

Ageing China:  Changes and Challenges https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-19630110

China:  The Disturbing Trend of Elderly Suicide http://www.silvereco.org/en/china-the-disturbing-trend-of-elderly-suicide/

Suicide Among the Elderly in Mainland China https://www.researchgate.net/publication/26672766_Suicide_Among_the_Elderly_in_Mainland_China

How China’s Rural Elderly Are Being Left Behind and Taking Their Lives, updated https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/how-chinas-rural-elderly-are-being-left-behind-and-taking-theirlives/article29179579/ 

Why are so many elderly Asians killing themselves https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/why-are-so-many-elderly-asians-killing-themselves-n32591

China’s Rural Poor Bear the Brunt of the Nation’s Aging Crisis https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-05/china-s-rural-poor-bear-the-brunt-of-the-nation-s-aging-crisis

Relying on Whom?  Poverty and Consumption Financing of China’s Elderly https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK109233/

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Littlejohn at UN Monday: Chinese Widows and Babies

UN Commission on the Status of Women Session 63

ABANDONED IN CHINA – BABY GIRLS & ELDERLY WIDOWS

Where Is Social Protection & Support?

March 11, 2019

Time: 10:30 am

Church Center of the UN – 8th Floor

777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 

The two most vulnerable groups of females in China are baby girls forcefully aborted or abandoned, and elderly widows. Widows are exponentially increasing all over the world, but the rising number of poor, destitute widows has been quite invisible, especially in China. Many are in small, remote Chinese villages and without social protection, social provision for survival with dignity. In a society that continues to favor males, baby girls and elderly widows are often considered a liability in China. Widows may have large medical bills for their deceased husbands and for themselves. Their family may be far away and often disinterested in caring for an ageing family widow. Baby girls, if they are lucky enough to survive, may be abandoned, as their mothers are pressured to “give them away” in favor of having a boy.

Baby girls and widowed older women are, indeed, a tragic hidden crisis in China. This panel will discuss, show examples, and consider viable solutions, for Chinese baby girls and for elderly widows, with a particular focus on social protection, greater gender equality, human rights, and social justice.

 Distinguished Speakers:
·         Ms. Reggie Littlejohn – Attorney, Founder Women’s Rights Without Frontiers 

·         Video on Abandoned Baby Girls & Forced Female Abortions in China

·         Ms. Dubravka Simonovic – UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women – Invited

·         Ms. Margaret Owen – UK Barrister, Founder & CEO Widows for Peace Through Democracy

·         China Elderly Widows Video

·         Ms. Jing Zhang – Founder & Director, Women’s Rights in China  

Moderator: Ms. Lois A. Herman – Coordinator WUNRN-Women’s UN Report Network

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Ever wonder why I do what I do?

Dear Friend,

Do you want to know why I have dedicated my life to helping the women and babies of China?  I explain it all — including my time working with Mother Teresa – in my keynote speech at the Georgetown Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life.  Even though this is the largest collegiate pro-life conference in the nation, my speech was very personal and watching it is a great way to get to know me better. Other keynote speakers have included Prof. Robert George and Lila Rose of Live Action.  

The speech begins at 9:53.  Click HERE to watch it.  This speech took place after the March for Life in 2017, but the message is timeless.

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Dr. James Dobson interviews Reggie on our work in China

Dear Friend,

I am grateful to Dr. James Dobson for his two landmark radio interviews concerning our work in China.  Here is the first, concerning the suffering of women and baby girls in China, and my personal journey into dedicating my life to helping them.  

To listen to the interview, click here. While the interviews took place in 2017, they are timeless. 

 

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It’s Giving Tuesday! Double your impact to help babies and women in China!

We’ve Received $10,000 in Matching Funds!
We need $75,000 to continue our work!

This girl is one of hundreds of babies saved by our “Save a Girl” Campaign

Dear Friend,

In this season of giving, please remember the mothers, babies and widows of China, who are still enduring conditions beyond our imagination. In the United States, we have 1 million abortions a year. In China, they have 23 million abortions a year, and many of them are forced. For every abortion in the U.S., there are 23 in China. More human blood flows out of China today than any other country.

Baby girls in China are still in danger of sex-selective abortion and abandonment, especially second daughters. In one horrific incident, after the Two-Child Policy was implemented, a woman was forced by her husband to abort four baby girls in one year, and she died. In another incident, a newborn baby girl was thrown over a wall. These are just two of countless heartbreaking examples of the brutality of son preference in China.

This disabled widow is one of manywhose hope and dignity has been restoredthrough our “Save a Widow” Campaign

Also, abandoned widows are the “invisible victims” of decades of the One Child Policy. They have no one to care for them and many are deeply in medical debt because of money they borrowed to try to save their husbands. Senior suicide among the rural elderly has increased 500% in the past 20 years.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is shining a bright light of hope to the women and babies of China. China has announced that it is considering ending the Two-Child Policy, due in large part to international pressure! We have been called “the leading voice” in the international movement to expose and oppose forced abortion in China, and we feel that our voices have been heard!

Our “Save a Girl” Campaign has saved the lives of hundreds of baby girls from sex-selective abortion and abandonment. And our “Save a Widow” Campaign is giving a multitude of widows dignity, hope, and the ability to buy nutritious food. Many women have said they feel that we have been sent by God to help them, and they have begun to attend church!

Reggie and Anni on a camping trip in Yosemite

We are saving a girl right at our kitchen table! We rescued Anni Zhang, daughter of persecuted dissident Zhang Lin. Anni became known as “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience,” after she had been kidnapped out of her 4th grade classroom at age ten. We were able to help get her out of China and have been raising her as our own daughter ever since. Now, at age 15, she is a lovely young lady. We are proud that she performed piano in Carnegie Hall – a reminder of the beauty and brilliance lost every day through brutal son preference in China.

Reggie has been called “the leading voice” in themovement to end forced abortion and gendercide in China

We need to raise $75,000 to continue and expand our work. Every baby girl in China at risk of sex- selective abortion deserves our help. Every widow who has been abandoned by her family and doesn’t have enough to eat deserves our help. Will you help us help them?

Please partner with us by writing a tax-deductible check to:

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers 722 Dulaney Valley Road, Suite 325 Towson, MD 21204

With gratitude,

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Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday! Please Help the Women and Girls of China!

Double Your Impact!   We have $10,000 in Matching Funds!

Dear Friend,

The women and girls of rural China continue to live lives of hardship that we can hardly imagine.  Forced abortion and the sex-selective abortion and abandonment of baby girls continue under the Two-Child Policy.  Widows are abandoned and destitute.  Some are committing suicide.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is unique.  We are the only organization in the world with a network of fieldworkers, saving baby girls and supporting widows in rural China.   We have been called “the leading voice” in the movement to end forced abortion and sterilization in China.

Would you help babies and widows in China by donating generously today, or on Giving Tuesday?

With gratitude,

 

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China: WRWF Launches “Save A Widow” Campaign on 38th Anniversary of the One Child Policy

“Mrs. Wu” (name changed to protect her privacy). Photo credit: Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

Mrs. Wu is fifty years old. Her husband ended his life by jumping into the dam seven years ago, because he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, and they could not afford treatments at the hospital. Mrs. Wu’s heart broke. She wanted to join her husband in death because she could not live without him.  Traditionally, the husband is responsible for more labor than the wife in the small villages, the main support.

 Mrs. Wu felt her life was over and she was completely helpless. But her two son’s crying woke her up.  She knew she had to be strong for those two little boys. They had lost father already, they could not lose mother as well. At that time, her older one was nine years old and the younger one was only three. She could not remarry because no man would want to marry a widow who has two sons.  [The sons would carry on their biological father’s name, and under the One Child Policy, she could not have any more children.  Any man who would marry her would become a “bare branch” – the end of his family line.]  

She overworked all the time – carrying on her responsibilities as a single mother of two young boys, and at the same time, trying to do her husband’s farming job and provide for the family.  Still, she could hardly make ends meet.

She developed high blood pressure, suffered a stroke and become disabled during the spring of 2014.  She is now confined to a wheelchair.  

Mrs. Wu cannot believe that kind people from overseas are willing to help her and give money to her without asking her do anything. What kind of God do these people believe in? She wants to know this God, too. 

Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated:  “My heart broke when I learned of the incredibly hard lives of the elderly widows in China’s remote villages.  They have nothing, and no one gives them anything.  Their husbands often died leaving a mountain of medical bills behind.  For some of them, their husbands committed suicide when they learned they had a terminal illness, as they knew that they had no money for treatment.  Some of these widows are themselves disabled and confined to a wheelchair.   Some of them have contemplated suicide.

“So I decided to launch our Save a Widow Campaign.   We are already saving dozens of widows from grinding poverty and from the feeling that they have been abandoned by everyone in the world.  We come directly to their door to offer them encouragement and support to help make ends meet.”

The children of these widows are not helping them.  Sometimes these children are disabled and in need of help themselves. Most of the widows subsist on a meager diet of rice and vegetables, no meat.

One poor widow lives in guilt because her husband, who was disabled, slept on a pile of straw, which caught fire and he burned to death.  She feels that if she had been at home, her husband would not have died, and she cannot forgive herself.  Another widow was so impoverished that some days, she would eat only salt.  She was contemplating suicide and kept a rope in her room.  When our fieldworker found her and offered her hope, she said we are like a divine being, “saving people who are living helpless and hard lives.”  Now, with our help, she always has vegetables and often has meat.

How do we offer them hope?  Our fieldworker will come to their door and tell them that we want to help them because as human beings, they have great dignity and infinite value.   This is the opposite of what they have come to believe, having been cast off by their families and not helped by their government or anyone else.  We offer them a monthly stipend, just to help them live.  They inevitably want to know what they need to do in return.  Our answer: Nothing!  This is a free gift, just because we care about them.

These abandoned women are intensely grateful that someone believes that they are infinitely valuable and that they have dignity, even though their own families have abandoned them.  They cannot believe that someone from the other side of the world would just help them without asking for anything in return.  They have never experienced anything like this in their long, hard lives in the Chinese countryside.

China has the highest female suicide rate in the world.  According to a State Department Report, 590 women end their lives every day in China.  China also has a skyrocketing rate of senior suicide.  The One Child Policy has destroyed the family structure in China.  In the past, the Chinese enjoyed large families and it was not a burden for children and grandchildren to support the elderly. Now many elderly are completely abandoned and destitute, especially elderly widows.  And the sad solution for many is to end their lives.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiersis committed to helping Chinese women at every stage of their lives.  We help baby girls to be born, instead of being selectively aborted or abandoned because they are girls.  Likewise, we help their mothers defend themselves against the pressure to abort or abandon their baby girls.   And now we are extending help to elderly widows, to ease their suffering and give them dignity and new hope in the twilight season of their lives.

Learn more about the Save a Widow Campaign here.

Related Links

Congressional-Executive Commission on China 2017 Report, “Population Control” section at p. 158 https://www.cecc.gov/publications/annual-reports/2017-annual-report

Ageing China:  Changes and Challenges  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-19630110

China:  The Disturbing Trend of Elderly Suicide  http://www.silvereco.org/en/china-the-disturbing-trend-of-elderly-suicide/

Suicide Among the Elderly in Mainland China https://www.researchgate.net/publication/26672766_Suicide_Among_the_Elderly_in_Mainland_China

Can China Afford Rapid Aging?  Spring, 2016 (section on suicide) https://springerplus.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40064-016-2778-0

How China’s Rural Elderly Are Being Left Behind and Taking Their Lives, updated https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/how-chinas-rural-elderly-are-being-left-behind-and-taking-theirlives/article29179579/

Why are so many elderly Asians killing themselves? https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/why-are-so-many-elderly-asians-killing-themselves-n32591

China’s Rural Poor Bear the Brunt of the Nation’s Aging Crisis https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-05/china-s-rural-poor-bear-the-brunt-of-the-nation-s-aging-crisis

Relying on Whom?  Poverty and Consumption Financing of China’s Elderly https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK109233/

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