Int’l Day of the Girl Child – Chinese Baby Girl Saved

Keai Was Saved from Abortion by our Save a Girl Campaign
We helped Keai’s mother resist pressure to abort her.

As the world celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child, girl babies in China are still at risk, due to deadly son preference.  According to one U.N. estimate, up to 200 million girls are missing in the world today, victims of gendercide.  Will you help us save baby girls in China – girls like Keai?
Keai is alive today because our “Save a Girl” campaign saved her from abortion.  She is the first child in her family.  Usually the first child is welcomed and loved.  But in Keai ’s family the situation was very different.  Her great-grandmother passed away last year from cancer.  Medical care used up the family’s savings.  Then her great-grandfather got sick, and so did her paternal grandparents.  All this illness placed a huge financial burden on Keai’s parents.

When Keai ’s mom got pregnant, her husband and in-laws all felt that it was not a good time for a child.  They put great pressure on Keai ’s mom to abort.  This was a nightmare for Keai ’s mom, because she was determined to give birth.  Keai’s mother hoped that Keai would be a boy, so that her father and in-laws would accept her.  Luckily for both Keai  and her mom, a fieldworker from WRWF heard about this situation and came to their door with a message of hope.  “Girls are as good as boys,” she said, and she offered monthly support for a year for Keai ’s mom to bring Keai  to birth.  Keai ’s life was saved, and her mom was so happy that she named her new daughter “Keai” which means “loved.”  She said: “My daughter is loved by someone in a far-away land, even if she is not loved by her own family.” 

Will you help us save women and girls in China? Become a “GirlSaver”!

Won’t you help us save more girls like Keai?   We have saved hundreds of girls, and yet there are millions more who are being aborted or abandoned just because they are girls.  Some baby girls are born to families so poor that their health is at risk.  Each one of these girls is infinitely precious.  Please help us save them by donating to our “Save a Girl” Campaign.

Learn more about how you can help to save girls here: http://womensrightswithoutfrontiers.org/index.php?nav=give

You can give a one-time donation in any amount.  Or $25 per month, or $300 per year, our GirlSavers have helped WRWF save at-risk babies in China, babies like Keai, who would likely not be alive if one of our undercover fieldworkers had not met her mother and assured her that little girls are as special as boys. We put our money where our mouth is, offering practical assistance to empower these mothers to keep their daughters.

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OPINION: THE GREATEST MASS MURDERER IN HISTORY TURNS 70

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This week, the Chinese Communist Party commemorates 70 years of brutal, totalitarian repression of the suffering people of China.   It is fitting that the CCP has celebrated its big day October 1 with a massive military display, including the unveiling of the “Dongfeng-17,” a new, hypersonic nuclear missile believed to be capable of evading the anti-missile defenses of the U.S. and its allies and to reach U.S. targets within 30 minutes.   

The DF-17 weapon of mass destruction is consistent with the CCP’s unique status. In my opinion, the Chinese Communist Party is the greatest mass murderer in human history.  

400 million have been “prevented” through the One Child forced abortion and involuntary sterilization policy – each one a victim of communism.  In addition, tens of millions died in the Great Leap Forward, the Great Famine, and the Cultural Revolution.  Add to this the ongoing execution of countless prisoners of conscience – including Uyghur Muslims and Falun Gong practitioners — to harvest their organs for transplant, and the decimation of the Tibetan Buddhists, hundreds of whom have resorted to self-immolation to draw international attention to their plight.  

The list continues with the brutal persecution of human rights lawyers and other freedom fighters, the turning a blind eye to human trafficking and sexual slavery, the construction of a truly Orwellian surveillance state, an economy based on illegal slave labor and the theft of intellectual property.  And let us never forget the thousands of unarmed student pro-democracy protestors massacred on Tiananmen Square.  

The CCP seems locked in a race with North Korea for its place at the bottom of the human rights cesspool.   It leaves people and governments of conscience little choice but to resist with all our economic and moral might.  

Reading the most recent Congressional-Executive Commission on China reporton the current state of 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. 

*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.

*Underground Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, have undergone a tremendous persecution, with churches bulldozed, crosses 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.

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 coupleis 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, especially second daughters.  

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 at risk of suicide.

Gender imbalance exacerbated by the One Child Policy is driving human trafficking and sexual slavery.  In its June 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report, the State Department listed China as a “Tier 3” nation, one of the worst offenders in the world. Does the CCP refuse to crack down on 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?  

The fact that China is a sovereign nation and we cannot unilaterally effectuate change within its borders should not cause us to throw up our hands and do nothing. We should do what we can.

* We should utilize the Global Magnitsky Act, which authorizes the U.S. government to sanction human rights offenders, freeze their assets, and ban them from entering the U.S.   The Global Magnitsky Act should be used 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.

* The U.S. government should remain tough in the trade war with China.  Appeasement diplomacy has never worked with China.  

* Regarding the rights of women and girls, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is the only organization in the world that has boots on the ground tosaving 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.

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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Chinese Christians Return to the Catacombs as Communism Turns 70

October 1, 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the brutal, Communist takeover of China.

Friday night, I received an anguished phone call, begging me to write about the state of the Christian Church in China. The caller (whose name or location I cannot divulge for her protection) was an attorney in China who had worked within Chinese court system.  When she became a Christian, however, she realized that she could not compromise her faith and join the officially atheistic Communist Party, as all judges are expected to do in China.  

She explained that three major house churches in her city are facing persecution in Guangdong (Canton) Province. One was forced to register with the Chinese government, and accept the heavy risk of surveillance.  The other two, who refused to register, are no longer allowed to gather together to worship.  They have been disbanded.  She pleaded with me to write about the persecution of House Church Christians in China, specifically in Guangdong.

As I listened to this impassioned and heartbreaking account, I thought of the Christians in the catacombs in ancient Rome.  The Christians in China are being driven into the catacombs.  The Chinese dictatorship wants to persecute them in the dark.  Thanks to the brave woman who called me Friday night, we are shining a light on the ugly truth of what is happening to religious believers in China.  

The illusion that the Chinese government is our benevolent friend needs to be broken.  The Chinese Communist Party is a brutal, totalitarian regime.  Appeasement diplomacy has not worked.  All governments of conscience need to stand strong against the hideous human rights atrocities of this pernicious regime.

I promised to publish her account, in her own words:

Reggie, please tell the world about the terrible suffering of Christians in China.  There has been a harsh revision of the regulations regarding religions in China and the Chinese government has since tightened up its controls in all religions, including Christians. 

Foreigners look at Shanghai and are impressed with the wealth and apparent modernity of China.   But they don’t see the terrible atrocities committed in the “re-education camps” in Xinjiang, among the Uyghur Muslims.  And they don’t see how the Christians are being persecuted as well.

As an attorney in China, I worked closely in the Court system.  The Chinese court system is not an independent branch of the government, like the American court system.  There is no separation of powers in China.  The Chinese courts are controlled by the government.  They are designed to execute national policy, not justice.

In the courts, I was told that Christianity was the “opium of the people,” designed to pollute Chinese minds and overturn the communist government.  The Chinese government and its court system regard Christianity as a threat, an enemy, because communism is atheistic, and they believe that Christianity will make the country unstable.  They want Christianity to stay small.  

This is true of all religions.  The CCP also heavily persecutes Tibetan Buddhists, Uyghur Muslims, and Falun Gong practitioners.  Anyone who worships a divine being is the enemy of the Chinese Communist Party.

When the CCP arrests a pastor, the criminal charge is that he is a “traitor” who is “threatening national security.”  These pastors have no right to legal representation.   If they have someone brave enough to be their lawyer, the pastor can be beaten up before seeing that lawyer.  And their attorney can be beaten as well.

Though some are real Christians, many pastors of the official, registered churches are not believers.  They are government workers, paid by the government.  This is one reason that many Christians choose not to go to the Three-Self, officially registered Churches. 

“Three-Self” is a characteristically Chinese way of abbreviating “self-governance, self-support, self-propagation.” For example, Catholic believers in China are not allowed to accept the leadership of Pope. Chinese churches can have no relationships with churches outside of China.  They cannot receive foreign funding, teaching or leadership.

There are two, huge changes in the law regarding religious practice in China.

First, the new law greatly expands the government departments who can persecute religious believers. Under the previous law, only the Religious Affairs Bureau would enforce religious restrictions.  Under the new law, every layer of government can regulate religious affairs.  The fact that there are so many more officials cracking down on unregistered churches puts tremendous pressure on the members of those churches.  As part of President Xi’s crackdown, Chinese Christians are facing the most persecutions since the Culture Revolution in the 1960’s.  

I know of an incident in which some Chinese Christian missionaries went to a Christian conference.  This was November 2018, in Thailand.  Chinese communist spies also went to this conference and secretly recorded the attendees.  Many of the missionaries were arrested upon their return to China.

Friends of mine were watching a documentary regarding Tiananmen Square in their own living room in Shenzhen, a city in Guangdong province.  They were arrested and remain under surveillance.

Second, the new law makes informal gatherings clearly illegal.  The churches have no freedom of assembly.  If a group of believers gathers to pray, and they are not registered, the new law makes this gathering strictly forbidden.  Before, such gatherings were strongly discouraged, but not technically illegal.

Under this new law, the house churches in my area have been forced to make an impossible choice.  Either they must dissolve, if they refuse to register; or, they must register with the government.  Those who register are concerned about surveillance of the church and its members.  In addition, their sermons and teachings will be monitored.  Believers are also worried that the church’s tithes and offerings could be confiscated by the government, and that their land lines may be monitored by the Chinese equivalent of the CIA.

Being the member of a house church in China is dangerous.  Most of the members of underground churches in my area are young.  Today, I would not have the freedom to be a Christian in China.  If I were to lead a women’s prayer meeting in my own living room, I could get arrested and face criminal charges as well as a heavy fine.  I could be jailed, tortured and killed before trial.  If I made it to trial, the trial would not be fair, because the purpose of the court system is to advance national policy, such as to keep Christianity from spreading.   

In a remote area, cadres took down religious images and replaced them with pictures of Xi Jinping.  The Chinese Communist Party does not want you to believe in God, but in the Party.  Xi Jinping is like Chairman Mao, centralizing power into his own hands.  He has changed the Chinese constitution to remove term limits.  He will be dictator for life!

Some brave underground churches continue to meet secretly.  They have to sing their hymns very quietly to avoid detection.  Many churches, once discovered, are kicked out by the landlord and have to move from place to place every week.

The Chinese government does not like evangelists.  I know a traveling preacher who disappeared in 2004-5.

The China/Vatican deal has been a terrible thing for Chinese Catholics.  Perhaps the Vatican does not know how Catholics have been jailed and tortured for their faith.  The Chinese government has been inhumane to religious believers, including Catholics.

Reggie, please tell the world about the suffering of Christians in China.  They are discouraged and afraid.  Can you help us?  Can you pray for us?

Related Links (analyzing the China’s new laws governing religion)

The New Religious Affairs Regulations Came into Fore in 2018:  What Exactly Happened?

Chinese Law and Religion Monitor (January to June, 2018)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EsMFVG4nq8e7Vv1kk0T_t9W6wvox7xE4/view

https://www.chinaaid.org/p/chinese-law-and-religion-monitor.html

Translation of New Religious Affairs Regulations
https://www.chinalawtranslate.com/en/宗教事务条例-2017/

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China’s One (Now Two) Child Policy Turns 39: Abandoned Widows, the Invisible Victims


“Mrs. Wang” is a ninety-two year old widow. Her husband passed away fifty-four years ago. Her feet were bound when she was a child, and she suffers from various illnesses, so she cannot walk well.  

Mrs. Wang raised four children.  Her two daughters married and moved away.  She feels that they don’t want to be close to her, because she is so needy and can never give them anything back in return.  Her first son died.  Her second son has a disabling condition known as fibroplasia.

Although they don’t have much to eat, Mrs. Wang says she is happy that she is still alive, to cook for her second son, who lives with her. She cannot imagine how her son will be able to live without her when she passes away.  She appreciates the encouragement and financial help from our “Save a Widow” Campaign, and is amazed that people from the other side of the earth would come to help her, not asking for anything in return.

This week marks the 39thanniversary of China’s One-Child (now Two-Child) Policy, the most massive social experiment in human history, responsible for hundreds of millions of forced abortions and sterilizations.  Forced abortion continues under the Two-Child Policy, as third children remain illegal. A woman from Xinjiang, for example, was forcibly aborted of her third child in 2018, according to an NPR report.

Coercive population control in China has also led to the sex-selective abortion of tens of millions of baby girls.  These statistics are as well known as they are tragic.  

Relatively unknown, however, is another enormous demographic group virtually ignored thus far: the elderly, especially widows. To address this, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers launched our Save a Widow Campaign.

WATCH our new video on Saving Widows in China:

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.  An abstract in The Lancet stated, “ On average, mortality from suicide in Chinese people aged 65-85 was 2.75-7.08 times that of the general population.”  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.  For this reason, we launched our Save a Widow Campaign.  We have boots on the ground inside of China, restoring the dignity and giving practical support to abandoned, destitute widows in China to show them someone cares.

“One of the widows we are helping is Mrs. Wang, whose story is recounted at the beginning of this article.  Our fieldworker went to her door and encouraged her, saying that we will give her a monthly stipend to help her and her son eat, and to give them dignity and hope.”  

To learn more about the Save a Widow Campaign, click here.

To learn more about the Save a Girl Campaign, click here.

Related Links

Injury and Suicide in People Aged 60 years and over in China, An Analysis of Nationwide Data

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)32670-9/fulltext

Isolated and Abandoned:  The Heartbreaking Reality of Old Age in Rural China

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/07/asia/china-elderly-people-new-year-intl/index.html

‘They Ordered Me to Get an Abortion’:  A Chinese Woman’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

Can China Afford Rapid Aging?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4949193/

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

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This Blind, Abandoned Chinese Widow Has Hope With Your Help

Our “Save a Widow” Campaign is giving Genji hope and help
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“Genji” is an eighty year old widow, and virtually blind.  She has lost her husband and her son, both to prostate cancer.  Today, she is in pain and entirely alone.

Genji’s husband passed away fifteen years ago from prostate cancer. She remembers how her husband used to wake up often in the night to use the bathroom.  She asked her husband to go see the doctor, but he comforted her saying said his incontinence was just because he was an old man.  She knew the real reason he did not want to see the doctor is that they did have not enough money. When he finally went to see the doctor, he was in the terminal stages of cancer. She couldn’t hold her grief inside and cried loudly during the funeral. She said her husband worked so hard every day of his life.  He didn’t even have one day to enjoy a happy life since they were always suffering financially. 

Genji had one son.  Even though her daughter-in-law didn’t get along with Genji, her son would sometimes give her a little food and pocket money secretly. She couldn’t believe that her son died with prostate cancer six years ago, just like his father. 

Because of cataracts, Genjui has almost lost her vision.  She also suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. 

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is helping Genji.  Our fieldworker visits her every month to let her know that we care for her, even if everyone else has abandoned her.  With our help, she knows she is loved.  With the $25 a month we give her, she has the funds to eat better and heat her little room in the winter.  

Won’t you help abandoned widows in China?

Watch our new “Save a Widow” video.

To learn more about the Save a Widow Campaign, click here.

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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

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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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