A few weeks ago, I posted about 5 women who were being detained/arrested in Beijing, China, for advocating measures that aimed to protect women from sexual violence and harassment. Their charges include: “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” in reference to standing up for women’s protection.
China’s firm resistance to letting these women go has spawned global protest about how oppressive China is when it comes to not only advocating for women’s rights, but free speech as a whole. The current President, President Xi, has come under a lot of heat about how he is letting police officers treat these women.
People from countries such as the United States and India are gathering to demand the women be freed. In fact, ambassadors from the United Nations have urged the women’s release but the government is still refusing to let them go.
After more investigation, it was found that the women were members of a nonprofit, non governmental organization known as the Beijing Yirenping Center which is dedicated to focusing on discrimination experienced by groups of specific people, including women.
This situation is provocative because it points out how government do in fact try to suppress demonstrations and speech and activism that pertains to equal rights and protection for women. China is not often though of as being very discriminatory towards women, but this event proves otherwise.
Hopefully, if enough international officials, particularly from the Untied Nations, ban together, and enough protesters stay passionate about insisting upon freedom for these women, the Chinese government will be reasonable and will let them go.
Below is a picture of President Xi: