You are invited to attend our virtual webinar at the United Nations TODAY! The Women’s United Nations Reporting Network and Women’s Rights Without Frontiers will co-host a free, virtual event at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). Women’s Rights in China will report on the true status of women in China. Please join us! Details below.
UN Commission on the Status of Women Session 65
ABANDONED IN CHINA – BABY GIRLS & ELDERLY WIDOWS
The Status of Women in China
Where Is Social Protection & Support?
March 18, 2021 Time: 11:00 am Eastern
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The two most vulnerable groups of females in China are baby girls/forcefully aborted or abandoned, and widows, usually elderly. 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, are often 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. Beyond this, women in China continue to face gender-based violence and discrimination.
- Ms. Reggie Littlejohn – Attorney, Founder Women’s Rights Without Frontiers
- Video on China Abandoned Baby Girls; China Elderly Widows – Overview & Video
- Ms. Jing Zhang – Founder & Director, Women’s Rights in China
- Forced Abortions in China – Video
Moderator: Ms. Lois A. Herman – Coordinator WUNRN-Women’s UN Report Network
CONTACT: Reggie Littlejohn, 310.592.5722; firstname.lastname@example.org