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Honors for Women From China Guatemala India and Sudan

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2007-3-18

this is the voa special english development report.

seven women were honored last week in washington for their efforts to expand democracy and women's rights in their countries. the seven from china, guatemala, india and sudan received awards from vital voices, a nonprofit group.

doctor gao yaojie

among them was chinese aids activist gao yaojie, an eighty-year-old retired doctor. during the late nineteen nineties, doctor gao discovered a public health crisis in henan province. thousands of local farmers were being infected with hiv, the virus that causes aids. they were selling their blood at collection centers that were using dirty needles and recycled blood.

doctor gao was almost not able to travel to the united states to receive the vital voices award. local officials in henan placed her under house arrest. but they let her travel after her situation received international attention.

vital voices also honored three other chinese women. guo jianmei has led efforts to provide chinese women with legal aid. wang xingjuan has created a telephone hotline for women seeking advice about their rights and ways to improve their economic situations. and xie lihua started rural women knowing all magazine. she is also secretary general of the cultural development center for rural women.

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