4 things you can do today to help #BringBackOurGirls

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As the world marks the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October 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, northern Nigeria and abducted nearly 300 girls. 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 one single girl has been rescued. To date, 219 girls are still missing, and the 57 girls who escaped, did so on their own.

We are not giving up on the girls and we hope you will do the same. Equality Now has taken up the issue through various United Nations and African Commission human rights procedures and, along with our Nigerian partners, we continue to do everything we can to make sure that the world does not forget.

Please stand in solidarity with the school girls’ families and join us in renewing the call to rescue them, now!

1. Renew your call. Sign our petition to key officials in Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon again and share it with your friends.

2. Re-ignite the global call. Remind the world that you have not forgotten Chibok’s girls by flooding social media with the call to #BringBackOurGirls. Click here for suggested messages and share this image on all your networks!

3. Hold officials accountable. Call the Nigerian Embassy in your country and ask them what they are doing to rescue the girls. A full list of Nigeria’s Foreign Missions can be found here. Also contact representatives in your government and ask them to put pressure on the Nigerian government.

4. Mobilize. Rallies are being held all over the world. Find one in your community and take part. Equality Now, SOAWR, FEMNET and PAWA 254 are holding a solidarity vigil on 13 October in Nairobi, Kenya. Our partner organizations in Nigeria have been holding events since April and are launching a Global Week of Action (11 - 18 October). Find out more here.

It was grassroots activism that finally prompted the world to take notice. Please keep up the pressure.

In solidarity,
Yasmeen Hassan & Faiza Jama Mohamed
Global Director   |  Nairobi Office Director