"Ensuring these protections and measures in this specific instance sets an invaluable and vital precedent of refusing to allow States and individuals to treat girls as second-class citizens. By placing pressure on the Nigerian government, we are placing pressure on all governments to act in accordance with their national, regional, and international laws and obligations. Faiza Mohamed, Nairobi Office Director of Equality Now, spoke of the governments aforementioned obligations: “When governments do not fulfill their obligations by failing to prosecute clear violations against women and girls, not only women, but all of society loses out.” Whether individuals utilize the #BringBackOurGirls campaign or participate in the several initiatives, campaigns, and solidarity marches, it is imperative that we, as a society, maintain the momentum in demanding the utmost protections and governmental actions for the girl child." [read more...]
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