In collaboration with the Ministry of Gender and Development, along with other women's groups and organizations around Liberia, today’s Women & Family page is dedicated to the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.
Bring back the hopes of our Mothers
Bring back our strong and potential-filled African Women
Bring back those our society depends on for the upbringing of future leaders
Bring back the tears that brought joy to every father
Bring back the innocent smiles that look at you as a father and not a killer.
Bring back the chuckles that used to cover the village with happiness.
Bring back our girls, our lovely, beautiful and innocent girls.
Bring back the future, future of a country, a continent and the world
Bring back our strong African sisters
Bring back our classmates
Bring back our daughters
Bring back chuckles that used to cover the village with happiness.
Ever since the abduction of over 200 girls in Chibok, Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria, there have been collective efforts of countries, companies, institutions, individual and the international community.
Recently, Liberian women under the banner of the Women's NGO Secretariat have called on the Nigerian Government to take total responsibility of the girls and institute immediate action for their release.
The women gathered Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Nigerian Embassy in Monrovia to read a position statement in solidarity with the many families, especially Nigerian mothers, who live daily without their girls being part of their families.
“We women and mothers of Liberia see this as a complete violation of those girls' and their families’ rights to a family, under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that, "everyone has the right to a family.”
The statement, read by Patience Payne, a student of the Paynesville Assembly God Mission (AGM) School, described the act by Boko Haram as very “barbaric”, and “unacceptable and a crime against humanity,” and called on Boko Haram to return the girls to their families unharmed.
The concerned women also called on the Nigerian government to respect freedom of expression in this matter as women in Nigeria, Africa, and globally organize to bring prominence to this critical human rights violation.
Ms. Payne further said that it was a shameful that the act, attributed to Boko Haram, whose name mean “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language, happened within a decade dedicated to African women, and within a continent where women’s education provides the hope of gender equality.
“This is the society and continent where women believe that equal participation can shape the economic, social and political destinies of our African continent.”
The Liberian women said they believe that the action by the terrorist group reinforces the exposure to sexual violence experienced by people living in poverty, with women and children bearing the brunt of these cruel actions.
“This act by the militant Boko Haram reflects a global crisis that affects women and girls in conflict. In Liberia, we recognize… the girls killed, subjected to sexual violence and other forms of human rights violations.”
The group also used the occasion to call on the Liberian Government to support mothers and families, who remain traumatized and living in pain as a result of their loss over the 15-year civil war.
A senior staff member of the Nigerian Embassy received the position statement on half of the Ambassador, Madam Chigozie Obi Nnadozie, and promised to submit the position statement to the relevant authority.
She expressed thanks and appreciation to the women of Liberia for being in solidarity with the people of Nigeria, including mothers and other family members.
In solidarity with the Nigerian Government and its people, the International community and all other supporting bodies, we join hands to say “#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS”!