Admittedly, I had never heard of Ms. Littlejohn prior to today, but the work she is doing and has done to support Chinese woman’s reproductive rights (and when I say this I mean, as she seems to, the right to bear children) is phenomenal. Who better to give the keynote address on this International Women’s Day than a woman who supports the right to bear children?
BOSTON – Reggie Littlejohn highlighted the suffering of women under China’s One Child Policy as the Keynote Speaker and Award of Excellence recipient at the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day celebration in Boston on March 8, 2011. Below are her remarks:
I am deeply humbled to receive the Award of Excellence on this historic day […]
I accept this award on behalf of the women and families who continue to suffer because of forced abortion, forced sterilization and infanticide. […]
While women in some areas of the world celebrate the great advances in women’s rights in our nations, women in other areas have seen a decline. As the president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, I am dedicated to the plight of more than half a billion women in China who are victims of the One Child Policy. They have had perhaps their most fundamental right stripped away: the right to bear children. And let us not forget the 100 million missing women who are victims of “gendercide,” the sex-selective abortion of baby girls.
Most people know that China has a One Child Policy. Very few people stop to think about how it’s enforced – through forced abortion, forced sterilization and infanticide.
The coercive enforcement of China’s One Child Policy causes more violence against women and girls than any other official policy on earth. It is the biggest women’s rights issue in the world today. It does not matter whether you are pro-life or pro-choice on this issue. No one supports forced abortion, because it is not a choice.
I’ll know who she is from now on.