Free the Five

March 26, 2015

Today’s link comes from Oiwan Lam, writing for the not-for-profit online news site, GlobalVoices.

On March 12, Chinese authorities arrested five outspoken feminists because they were believed to be organizing to speak against the government and its oppressive behavior against women. That’s right, the Chinese government felt these young women were such a threat that they were arrested for simply planning to express their views regarding justice and equality.

As of March 25, they are reportedly still in custody.

While this is deeply troubling, it is not without irony that the oppressive Chinese government’s effort at silencing these women is precisely why the rest of the world is hearing their story today. How many of us would have heard their names or considered their battle if these feminists had been permitted to speak freely in China on International Women’s Day?

Injustice has nowhere to hide.

Women’s issues and oppression are a worldwide problem. These women, and the issues their incarceration represents, need worldwide attention, prayers, solidarity, and action.

Read Oiwan Lam’s article at GlobalVoices here.  Want to do something about it? The article references twitter hashtags to use and protest postcards to send.

For the very latest news read “China rejects international pleas to release five feminists from jail” published yesterday (March 25) on The Guardian‘s website.

 

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