Tanzania: Equality Now renews call for Nigerian Chibok schoolgirls rescue

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - On the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child, observed 11 October,  a global movement advocating for girls' and women's rights, Equality Now, has renewed the 'BringBackOurGirls' call for the rescue of 219 schoolgirls abducted six months ago by Boko Haram insurgents from a dormitory in Chibok, northern Nigeria.

"As the world marks the International Day of the Girl Child with its theme of ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence,’ let’s not forget that six months have passed since armed Boko Haram attackers stormed a school dormitory in Chibok and abducted nearly 300 girls," Equality Now Global Director Yasmeen Hassan said Friday.

In a note to members and supporters of the rights body, Yasmeen said despite a response from Nigeria's Ministry of Interior detailing behind the scenes advocacy, international collaboration efforts, and increased security measures, 180 days have passed and  not a single girl has been rescued.

" To date, 219 girls are still missing, and the 57 girls who escaped, did so on their own," she noted, expressing hope that human rights activists and supporters of women's equality will not give up on the Chibok girls.

According to Yasmeen, Equality Now has taken up the issue through various UN and African Union Commission human rights procedures and, along with the movement's Nigerian partners, "to do everything we can to make sure that the world does not forget".

In renewing the call, Equality Now has asked supporters to sign an online petition to key officials in Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon "to swiftly determine whether the girls were transported into their countries and to assist in their rescue".

On 13 Oct., Equality Now, Solidarity for African Women's Rights Coalition (SOAWR) and FEMNET will hold a solidarity vigil in Nairobi, Kenya, to mark six months since the girls' abduction.

The vigil will bring together civil society, expert guest speakers and artists.

In addition, Equality Now has said that 11-18 Oct. will be marked as Global Week for Action to hold governments accountable and to keep global attention on the issue.
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10 october 2014 14:54:14

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