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Guest Speakers: Dr. Natalia Kanem, Aisha Muhammed Oyebode, Professor Mary Dillard, Professor Peyi Soyinka Airewele, Dr. Wangui Wa Goro and many more!
On April 14, 2014, 276 young women were abducted from their High School dormitory in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria. 112 Chibok Girls remain in Boko Haram captivity seven years on. Leah Sharibu, who was abducted three years ago with 104 other young women from her school in Dapchi, Borno State, Nigeria was reportedly held back when the other children were freed, allegedly because she refused to convert to Islam. Also, Alice Ngaddah, who was abducted two years ago, together with two other international humanitarian workers. The two other women were publicly executed by Boko Haram. There are also thousands of women and girls held in captivity by Boko Haram. Some as young as 10 have been used as suicide bombers. Some young boys are also used as child soldiers. Women and girls in conflict are affected in gender-specific ways. Their safety and security are violated. Education and wellbeing are limited and sharply circumscribed. This interfaith vigil will offer interfaith prayers for the rescue of the women and girls, express solidarity with their families, and advocate for their rescue and reunification with their families, as well as the provision of culturally appropriate psychosocial care for the affected communities. The audience will be informed of the existence of several United Nations conventions on women, war, and peace, including those forbidding the use of rape as an instrument of war, and recommending that schools are safe zones where education is made possible, even in conflict situations.
Advocacy tools will be made available for audience members interested/willing to support the campaign for the rescue of the abducted women and girls.
Register here and join us for this vigil!