FreeThe20 campaign

FreeThe20 is a campaign to call attention to women who are political prisoners around the world. The campaign names twenty women who are imprisoned unjustly.[1]Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, started the campaign for the twentieth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration.[2]

Samantha Power

The reason for the campaign was to tell governments to stop putting women in prison, and to tell the women and their families that they are not alone. There were twenty names of women in twenty days, one for every year since the Beijing Declaration.[3]

In September 2015, a bipartisan "#FreeThe20" bill was introduced to the U.S Senate. All twenty women senators of the two political parties supported the bill. They said,[4]

As 20 women serving in the United States Senate we stand unified in calling on governments to recognize the universal human rights of women and to release women who have been imprisoned unjustly for exercising those rights.

Names of the womenEdit


  1. ^ "FreeThe20 Women Political Prisoners and Prisoners of Concern Campaign Launch". U.S. Department of State. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  2. ^ "US Campaigns to Free Women Political Prisoners". RadioFreeEurope. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  3. ^ "#Freethe20 | is the official United States Government website for international human rights related information". Archived from the original on 2017-07-29. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  4. ^ "Ayotte, Klobuchar, Collins and Shaheen Introduce #FreeThe20 Resolution with All 20 Women Senators". Kelly Ayotte. 22 September 2015. Archived from the original on 12 June 2016. Retrieved 1 December 2016.

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