Liberian Women Want ‘Immediate Release’ of Nigerian Girls

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Liberian women under the banner of the Women 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 watch daily without their girls being part of the 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 concern 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 shameful 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 were women believe that equal participation can shape the economic, social and political destinies of our African continent.”

The Liberian women believed that the action by the terrorist group reinforced 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 fact that the girls killed, subjected to sexual violence and other forms of human rights violations.”

The groups also use 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.

One of the senior staffs of the Nigerian Embassy received the position statement on half of the Ambassador, Madam Chigozie Obi Nnadozie, and promised to reach the position statement to the right’s authority.

She expressed thanks and appreciation to the women of Liberia for been in solidarity with the people of Nigeria including mothers and family members.

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