Women's Voices

Geng He at a congressional hearing in Washington, April 9, 2013.

'The Family Has Never Had a Phone Call'

Imprisoned Chinese rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng's wife calls on the authorities to allow him a visit on his 50th birthday.

Dissidents' Wives

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Behind most dissidents and activists is a wife who quietly supports his cause and struggles just as much. They speak to the media when their husbands are in prison, they protest and plead authorities - often to no avail. They are creative like Chinese activist Hu Jia's wife Zeng Jinyan, who became a famous blogger, or just holding on and being pillars of strength for their husbands.

The dissidents' wives are extraordinary women, fighting in their own way for freedom of information and human dignity. When they speak up, they open the world’s eyes to the very high cost paid by their families.

Conversation with Aung San Suu Kyi

Every Friday, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi addresses ordinary people's concerns in a broadcast program in Burmese.