Five American women’s rights activists have been held in China since International Women’s Day. The United States is currently calling for the release of the activists. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, stated their detention was a sad reflection on the fight for gender equality. The five women’s rights activists were originally detained for planning to conduct a demonstration against sexual harassment on a public transportation vehicle.
Although the demonstration of the women’s rights activists was planned to begin on March 8, International Women’s Day, they were taken into custody on March 6, following other activists been detained and questioned. The women made signs with slogans like “stop sexual harassment,” and telling law enforcement to arrest arbiters of sexual harassment.
Power stated on Twitter that the Chinese government should answer the request for them to be released. She said protesting in China against sexual violence and harassment is, “creating a disturbance.” Power explained restricting NGOs organizing to call for equal rights is a disturbance in itself.
By Alex Lemieux
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