31st Anniversary of One-Child Policy Sparks U.S. Protests, Vigils Led By Tiananmen Square Commander-In-Chief
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — ***Sept. 25: Anniversary of China’s One-Child Policy***
Sept. 22 – Oct. 4: Chai Ling–Revolutionary, Nobel Prize Nominee, Harvard MBA–Leads Nationwide Remembrances, Testifies Before Congress and Releases Memoir Banned in China
“Chai Ling is one of the most courageous women I know … . from her early days as a self-possessed student thrust suddenly onto the worldwide stage to her current role as a fierce defender of women and girls.” — Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief, Glamour magazine
“Sept. 25, 2011 marks the continuation of China’s ‘gendercide‘ ‘war on girls,’ ” said Chai Ling, the woman who, at age 23, was the commander-in-chief of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student rebellion. On this 31st anniversary, Ling–now a U.S. citizen exiled from China–continues her fight against China’s human rights atrocities by leading a U.S. protest and nationwide campaign against the One-Child Policy.
Ling and two other witnesses will testify Sept. 22 for the Congressional Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights to share stories of coerced abortions at the hands of the Chinese government, some 37,000 per day according to China’s National Family Planning Commission.
While in Washington, Ling will participate at a Sept. 23 rally, “37 Seconds of Silence,” part of a nationwide vigil organized by her advocacy group All Girls Allowed. Sept. 22- 25, more than 200 universities and churches nationwide–including Harvard, Northeastern and Notre Dame–will host 37-second vigils of silence to honor the 37 million girls* missing, through infanticide, abortion or abandonment, due to the Chinese law.
“It is this generation’s responsibility to speak up, and students are beginning to see that,” said Ling. “The good news is, with this kind of momentum, we believe that we can end ‘gendercide’ in our lifetime.”
A victim of China’s One-Child Policy, Ling only recently gained enough closure to share her full story in A Heart for Freedom, which reveals the truth behind her role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, her status as one of the most-wanted women in China, her own experience with government-forced abortion, and how she escaped to America. Banned from the very country she has long fought to save, Ling’s human rights work has resulted in two nominations for a Nobel Peace Prize and recognition by Glamour magazine as “Woman of the Year.”
Sept. 22: Open Congressional Hearing in Washington, 2:00 p.m. Rayburn House Office Building, room 220
Sept. 23: Ling at “37 Seconds of Silence” Vigil, George Washington University,
Can facilitate interview with participating student, Elliot School of International Affairs, room 505
Sept. 22-25: Some 200 “37 Second of Silence” nationwide vigils remembering 37 million missing girls in China
Sept. 22-24 Interview Opportunity: Ling available for interview in Washington
Oct. 4 Memoir Release in U.S. – Banned in China: A Heart for Freedom (Tyndale, Oct. 2011)
Oct. 4-5 Interview Opportunity: Ling available for interview in New York
China’s One-Child Policy
The One-Child Policy, which limits Chinese families to having just one child, was established in 1980 as a response to an exploding Chinese population. Due to the Chinese preference for male children, sex-selective abortions, female infanticide and the abandonment of female children has become an integral part of Chinese culture over the last 31 years.
Groups wishing to hold a moment of silence ceremony can register at the All Girls Allowed website. A map of vigil locations is available.
Chai Ling is the founder of All Girls Allowed and founding president and chief operating officer of Jenzabar, Inc., a leading higher education software and services provider. She holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a M.L.A. in public affairs at Princeton University and a B.A. from Beijing University. Ling also established the Jenzabar Foundation, which supports inspirational humanitarian efforts of student leaders through grant opportunities. A key student leader herself in the 1989 Tiananmen Square movement, Ling was subsequently named Glamour Woman of the Year and nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. Ling is author of the new book A Heart for Freedom. The hardcover memoir will release on Oct. 4, available nationwide.
All Girls Allowed aims to end gender discrimination in China through eradicating “gendercide” and assisting families who have baby girls, providing education and scholarships to abandoned girls, rescuing children from human trafficking and providing legal advocacy to mothers who have been victims of forced abortions or sterilization.
*Source: All Girls Allowed
September 22, Reggie Littlejohn will testify before Congress
Liu Dan was 21 years old and 9 months pregnant when family planning police grabbed her out of her home, dragged her to the local family planning office, and forcibly aborted her full term baby. They already knew from medical tests that she had high blood pressure and that a forced late term abortion would be dangerous for her. After the forced abortion, she lay alone and unconscious in an operating room in the family planning center. Sensing something was wrong, her fiancé burst into the room at 3:00 a.m. to find her bleeding from the eyes, nose, ears and mouth. Even so, the family planning police refused to call for emergency help, until her family insisted. Help arrived too late. Liu Dan died, along with her full term baby.
“The One Child Policy causes more violence against women and girls than any other official policy on earth. It is China’s war on women,” says Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. “Any discussion of women’s rights, or human rights, would be a charade if forced abortion in China is not front and center. It does not matter whether you are pro-life or pro-choice on this issue. No one supports forced abortion, because it is not a choice. The Chinese forced abortion policy is systematic, institutionalized violence against women.”
Ms. Littlejohn will be among those testifying for the Committee on Foreign Affairs Congressional Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, on September 22 at 2:00 in Room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
In addition, she will testify regarding blind activist lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who exposed the fact that there were 130,000 forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations in Linyi County in 2005. The Chinese Communist Party imprisoned Chen for four years and has kept him and his family under strict house arrest since September, 2010. On February 9, 2011 Chen released a video describing the deplorable conditions of his house arrest. The next morning, Chen and his wife, Yuan Weijing, were “beaten senseless.” Chen’s family recently was moved to a “personal prison” build for them.
“This treatment of Chen is unconscionable. It shows the appalling lengths to which the CCP will go to silence a hero who has spoken up against forced abortion in China.”