联合国教科文组织总干事奥德蕾·阿祖莱女士（Ms. Audrey Azoulay）:
瑞 洁（Reggie Littlejohn），女权无疆界主席
联合国妇女署执行主任西玛·萨米·巴胡斯女士（Ms. Sima Sami Bahous）
联合国人权事务高级专员米歇尔•巴切莱特女士（Ms. Michelle Bachelet）
联合国暴力侵害妇女行为问题及其原因和后果问题特别报告员雷姆·萨利姆女士（Ms. Reem Alsalem）
Joint Letter Urging UNESCO to Revoke Peng Liyuan’s Title as Special Envoy for Girls and Women’s Education
5 March 2022
Dear Ms. Azoulay,
On March 27, 2014, Ms. Peng Liyuan, wife of General Secretary Xi Jinping, was awarded the “Special Envoy for the Promotion of Girls and Women’s Education” by UNESCO.
Since the plight of a chained mother of eight came to light from Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, on December 5, 2021, it has outraged the whole world. The Chinese government has so far issued five announcements on this case. However, Ms. Peng Liyuan, UNESCO Special Envoy for the Promotion of Girls and Women’s Education, has not said anything on the plight of this woman, who has been reportedly trafficked and abused and suffered for more than 20 years. (Read more: https://thediplomat.com/2022/02/xuzhous-chained-woman-highlights-chinas-human-trafficking-problem/)
In fact, tens of thousands of women and children are believed to be trafficked and abused in China every year. Yet we have never heard Ms. Peng express any concern about such serious and vicious human rights violations against women and girls. She has failed to urge the Chinese government to comply with and implement the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as China’s various laws on the protection of the rights of women and children. She has made no effort in these areas. (Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/02/09/china-chained-xuzhou-mother-human-trafficking/)
We think that Ms. Peng Liyuan is no longer suitable to be the UNESCO special envoy for girls and women. If Ms. Peng is still appointed as the special envoy, it will seriously undermine the reputation of UNESCO, and Peng’s special envoy status will become a laughingstock of the world.
In view of this, as a group of people who deeply care about the rights and wellbeing of women and girls, we have launched a global open joint petition to ask UNESCO to strip Ms. Peng of the title of “special envoy for the promotion of girls and women’s education” and issue an announcement to inform the world.
Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, US
Jing Zhang, Founder of Women’s Rights in China, US
John Churchill, Founder of Democracy China Media, US
Ms. Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women
Ms. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Ms. Reem Alsalem, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
UN Women in China