Gao Yaojie

Gao Yaojie

Location: Zhengzhou, China
34° 44' 50.226" N, 113° 37' 29.5068" E
Status: Released
Released on 09 Feb 2007

Other arrests: Put under house arrest in February 2007.

Dr. Gao Yaojie is a Chinese gynecologist, academic, and AIDS activist in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China.

Gao was awarded the "Global Leadership Award, Women Changing Our World" by the Vital Voices Global Partnership, along with three other women from China and three from India, Guatemala, and Sudan at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on March 14, 2007.

In February, 2007, it was reported that Dr Gao was under house arrest and unable to travel. She was pressured by local official and made to sign a statement that she was "unable to travel due to poor health."

A report in the Henan Daily and other Chinese media on a visit to Dr. Gao's home by Henan Province Vice Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, Henan Vice Governor Wang Jumei, and Henan Province Communist Party Organization Department head Ye Dongsong while she was still under house arrest, recounted that the officials presented with her flowers and best wishes from the Henan Party and Government for the Chinese New Year.

On February 16, 2007, bowing to international pressure, the Chinese government gave Dr. Gao permission to travel to the United States to receive the award.

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