The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) urges South Africans and the world to remember Chibok girls #BringBackOurGirls
It has been exactly 365 days since the insurgent group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 girls in Chibok in Northern Nigeria. Since that fateful day, in April 2014 there has been no trace of the girls.
In June last year, the CGE held a silent protest in front of Nigeria’s High Commission, pledging solidarity with other institutions that had been in support for the release of the captured girls. This and many other protests around the world, raised a certain level of consciousness about the tragedy of the Chibok girls, to a point where it still remains necessary to continue adding more voices to the plight of these girls.
The CGE’s stance on this matter is that a lot more voices are still needed to convince the Nigerian government and the African Union to step up efforts in ensuring that the abducted girls are returned safely to their families.
“The kidnapping of the Chibok girls remains an African problem and we know that many struggles of the continent had been fought against the backdrop of collective solidarity and the drive to challenge a number of past illegitimacies. The fight for the release of the Chibok girls should serve as a pull for us to tap into who we were we are as a continent for the betterment of our societies.
We do appreciate the effort of the AU in this regard and we hope that the new President- elect of Nigeria, Muhammad Buhari will indeed increase efforts of the previous dispensation in order to ensure that there is a positive closure to the ordeal of the Chibok girls”, said Mr. Mfanozelwe Shozi, the Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality.
Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality
Source : South African Government