#bringbackourgirls - let's stand together
In Nigeria, over 200 girls were recently abducted from their boarding school by a terrorist group, Boko Haram, that may be selling them as brides for $12 each.
The abducted 200+ girls are victims of an ongoing conflict within Nigeria that they did not create, and their voices need to be heard. The Boko Haram group, which is believed to be responsible for their abduction, has repeatedly said girls should not be educated.
Yesterday, there were reports that the Nigerian authorities arrested a female protest leader, for calling on the government to do more to bring the girls home.
I find it hard to imagine how this sort of atrocity can occur. Living in a country where education is freely available, regardless of sex, it is hard to imagine a life where this is not the case. It is hard to imagine a situation where our daughters, sisters, nieces, granddaughters can be dragged from their beds and treated as a commodity.
The truth is that across the world, there are girls and women suffering unthinkable acts every single day.
There is not a single country or culture where this should be acceptable.
I really urge you to step up and declare your solidarity with the kidnapped girls. Below are some suggested actions to show support, please take 5 minutes out of your day to help.
How you can help
1. CALL FOR ACTION
Add your signature to this change.org petition, demanding action.
2. SPREAD THE WORD
Show your support for the #bringbackourgirls campaign by:
- Sharing the message on Twitter with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls
- Ask your Facebook friends to sign the Change.org petition
3. CONTACT YOUR MP
Send an email or letter to your local MP asking the UK government to step and support efforts to return the girls safely. You can find your MP here.
You may use the sample email below:
Dear [MP NAME]
I am writing to you, as your constituent, because I am deeply concerned by the recent events in Nigeria, regarding the kidnapping of over 200 young girls.
The abducted 200+ girls are victims of an ongoing conflict within Nigeria that they did not create, and their voices need to be heard. I can only imagine what these 200+ girls have been through, yet the government is not doing nearly enough to save them.
The Boko Haram group, which is believes to be responsible for their abduction, has repeatedly said girls should not be educated. I believe every young child regardless of their sex, should not be denied access to education. I believe the Nigerian government must do more to ensure the safe return of these girls.
I politely ask that the UK government support all efforts to ensure their safe return, and ask President Goodluck Jonathan and the Nigerian Government to ensure all schools are safe places to learn, protected from attack.
I would be grateful if you could raise my concerns with the relevant Ministers, and ask that the Government publicly shows it’s support for the girls and their families by stating what support is being offered.