As China becomes an increasingly important player in the world, it has become difficult to reconcile its economic strength with its inhumane social policies and appalling human rights record – the One Child Policy being chief among them.
The One Child Policy causes extensive violence against women and children. The Chinese Community Party boasts that in just 34 years 400 million births have been “prevented” due to China’s implementation of the One Child Policy. The policy is still ruthlessly enforced through forced abortion and sterilization. Cultural preference for boys has promoted sex-selective abortions, contributing to a staggering gender imbalance in which there are 37 million more men than women, driving sex-trafficking, a black market for children, and social unrest. The One Child Policy denigrates the human dignity of both men and women, not just in China, but across the globe.
On the International Day of the Girl Child, The Heritage Foundation in partnership with Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is hosting a discussion to consider what can be done to encourage China to value the lives of the girl child and bring an end to the abuses of the One Child Policy.
More About the Speakers
Keynote Remarks by
The Honorable Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Chairman, Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organization Subcommittee,
United States House of Representatives
Followed by remarks from
Founder and President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers
Distinguished Senior Fellow in Human Rights, The Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution
Director, Asian Studies Center