AU envoy calls for protection of local girls

LAGOS: THE Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Bineta Diop, expressed solidarity with the country following the spate of terror and the families of the schoolgirls terrorists abducted earlier this year.

The envoy has met the members of the “Bring Back our Girls” campaign, a group that is advocating for greater global attention to the issue of the abducted Chibok girls.

Diop pledged to take their plea for greater support, from AU member states, back to the leadership.

“We have come to show solidarity with the people and Government of Nigeria and in particular with the families of the missing Chibok girls.”

The purpose of their visit is among others, to echo the voices of the women of Nigeria and support them in their efforts to bring to an end the ordeal of the Chibok girls and all other forms of gender based violence.

Organisations are supporting Nigeria’s efforts to bring back the girls abducted by Boko Haram and galvanize the support of civil society organizations that are assisting the victims.

Diop called for peaceful elections and for greater participation of women in Nigeria’s political space as a step towards curbing conflicts in the region and ensuring a prosperous future.

“In order to achieve the goal of a peaceful and prosperous Continent, women must be part of that transformation process,” said Diop, whose mission ends on Friday.