Women's Voices

Li Wenzu (R) the wife of jailed human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, and the couple's six-year-old son Wang Guangwei, visit him in Linyi Prison in the eastern province of Shandong, June 28, 2019, the first time she has laid eyes on him since his initial disappearance in 2015.

Wife of Jailed Chinese Rights Lawyer Fears For His Mental Health After Visit

Wang Quanzhang's memory and personality appear to have been profoundly affected following years of incommunicado detention, his wife says.



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Timeline: Aung San Suu Kyi, a Political Destiny

Dissidents' Wives


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.
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