NIGERIAN AUTHORITIES NEED TO KNOW THAT WE CONTINUE TO STAND WITH THE GIRLS’ FAMILIES
The abduction of 276 adolescent girls from their school in Chibok, Nigeria by members of the non-state armed group Boko Haram in April 2014 drew global attention to the rights violations being experienced by women and girls in the context of armed conflict in northeast Nigeria. Over the last four years, 103 girls have been released, 57 have escaped, and 3 more have been found. The remaining 113 girls remain missing.
Girls from other communities in Nigeria have also been abducted. Most notably, 110 girls in Dapchi, Nigeria, were abducted from their school by members of Boko Haram in February 2018; all but one of the girls were subsequently released.
Why have girls been targeted at school? Because they are girls seeking higher education.
UNDER BOKO HARAM'S
INTERPRETATION OF ISLAM,
GIRLS SHOULD NOT BE EDUCATED
The missing schoolgirls are only a small proportion of the thousands of women, girls, men and boys abducted by Boko Haram over the past few years. Many have been forced into sexual slavery or trained to fight.
Nigerian authorities must do more to safely #BringBackOurGirls, including the remaining Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu, the only girl from Dapchi still in captivity. Nigeria must also do more to support past victims. Girls have a right to live free from gender-based discrimination and violence, and their right to education must be safeguarded.
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