As individuals who do social justice work, you’ve probably heard about #bringbackourgirls. The Facebook page explains what happened:
On April 15th, 230 School girls were kidnapped from the Chibok Government Secondary School by Boko Haram Terrorists in Nigeria. All 230 are still missing.
As American news outlets have been particularly silent about the issue, at least in relation to the amount of coverage given to events like the Malaysia Airlines plane disappearance, activists have taken to social media and rallied across the globe to bring attention to this tragedy.
CALCASA supports the efforts to bring attention to the kidnapping and to, above all, return these girls to their community. The Facebook pages asks individuals to take the following actions:
- Call or write your government.
- Sign and share the Change.org petition to President Obama to take action: http://chn.ge/1rukxYo
- Sign and share the Change.org petition to world leaders and international organizations to take action: http://www.change.org/petitions/over-200-girls-are-missing-in-nigeria-so-why-doesn-t-anybody-care-234girls
When global events that violate the rights of women and girls take place, not only do we see the need to continue working for gender equity, but we also can acknowledge and support community-based efforts to right these wrongs, and to create cultures and environments where these violations cannot happen again. As Nigerian activists have requested:
Let us come together and tell the world that we will not allow schools to be places of violence. We want our girls rescued and we want the world to protect all schools.