#BringBackOurGirlsNYC: WHAT YOU CAN DO

#BringBackOurGirlsNYC:  WHAT YOU CAN DO
We have witnessed an unprecedented outpouring of support from all over the world by ordinary people, students, politicians, community leaders and entertainers -  are all tweeting pictures of themselves with signs saying, '#bringbackourgirls'. This global activism fortifies those within the country and keeps the pressure on the Nigerian government to take credible action.  U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama also used the platform of the President’s weekly address to lend her voice and visibility to this critical issue.

But more is needed today!
1)      Additional pressure must be brought to bear on the Nigerian government.  Diplomatic missions and embassies around the world should be targeted for lobby visits, phone calls, and public demonstrations. 

2)      International organizations like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, as well as intergovernmental agencies like UN WOMEN, UN Office for the Representative for Children in Armed Conflict, UN Office for the Prevention of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict led by Zainab Bangura, or UNHCR must continue to demand respect for the rule of law and the rights of women.

3)      The Nigerian Government must commit to greater transparency.  We urge daily briefings where information can be shared with the families of abductees and the general public

4)      The African Union and regional governments must do everything in their power to address the root causes of extremism in Nigeria, the sub-region, and throughout the continent.

5)      We applaud efforts of the international community to host comprehensive dialogues on addressing extremism.  This global issue needs global responses that do not solely rely on militarized responses.   .

6)      We encourage US citizens to call their representatives to express appreciation for efforts already taken, while simultaneously urging greater action.  As a diaspora, we appreciate outpouring of help and support.  However, we want Nigeria to remain independent, autonomous, and sovereign. Therefore, we would appreciate support to find the girls and  reunite them with their families but we support Nigeria’s sovereign right to remain in the  foreground restoring these girls to normalcy and guaranteeing the security and well-being of all its people.


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