Monday, June 24, 2019

Reggie Littlejohn to Speak at the United Nations in Geneva


The United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva Switzerland.  Credit:  Istockphoto/luxiangjian4711

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. Lois Herman, Managing Director of the WUNRN (who worked tirelessly to organize this Panel) will moderate.

The Panel is entitled, "Abandoned in China -- Baby Girls and Abandoned Widows."  Here are the details:

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

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

·         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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