The Free the 20 campaign was launched by the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power. During the launch on Tuesday Power said there will be cases of 20 prisoners profiled all through the month to all to attention to important voices that will be missing from discussions surrounding the 20th anniversary of Beijing Declaration.
The Free the 20 campaign is a roadmap for women’s rights. During the anniversary they would share names of the prisoners, where they are from, who they are and highlight the reasons as to why they have been deprived their freedom. Governments are set to send delegations to New York in order to set women rights agenda for the coming twenty years.
Of all the names on Secretary Power’s list the majority of women come from Ethiopia and China. Each of the countries have three detainees. When Power was asked about President Obama’s praise on democracy in Ethiopia during a recent visit she said that the United States and Ethiopia do not have shared interest and that issues on human rights should be raised at all times.
Some prisoners such as those from North Korea could not be named and could not be identified in the twenty pictures. Power said that a single woman could not reflect the scale of the challenge since there are more than 100,000 prisoners in North Korea.