On Sept. 27, 2015, President Xi Jinping of China made an announcement while speaking at the 20th Anniversary of a U.N. landmark event, in which he promised to follow through on a commitment to gender equality and women’s rights development. President Xi made the announcement in response to the pressure he has faced as a result of putting women’s rights activists in jail. The remarks were made at an event organized by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (U.N. Women) organization, with the purpose to obtain direct commitments from leaders, prime ministers, and presidents in relation to solving human rights issues.
In 1995, China hosted The Beijing Platform for Action, in which world leaders gathered and made public commitments, to advance gender equality and create laws reflective of their intentions. The 2015 event also provided an opportunity for each country to present the advancements they have achieved in the 20 years since the U.N. summit in Beijing.
However, it also highlighted the strain between the U.S. and China regarding human rights issues. In fact, China imprisoned five feminist activists just this year. Therefore, in light of this recent announcement, President Xi will take the necessary steps to free the five women and follow through on his commitment.
By Jireh Gibson
Edited by Leigh Haugh
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