Today I chose to speak about the tragedy that has happened almost a month ago, and to raise awareness about it. You might have seen this #bringbackoutgirls hashtag everywhere lately, which is amazing, which means that people everywhere are fighting for the same cause: everyone has the right to education! Most of all, every girl/woman has the right to education!
Here, at Estilo-Tendances we value feminism and we believe in equality and we strive to raise awareness in regards to the fact that women are powerful and they deserve to be empowered, educated and successful!
This whole thing started on April 14th, 2014. On this day, in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, the Boko Haram, a Nigerian militant organization orchestrated a blast and killed lots of people. After one day, they kidnapped over 300 girls that were at that time at school, taking a physics exam. At first, I didn’t see the connection between the kidnapping and the school related fact, but then, I saw that the meaning of this organization’s name is “Western Education is Forbidden” and I understood.
I am saddened to see that even now, the right to education is threatened with terror. The Boko Haram leader actually stated [Tweet “”By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace””] referring to the girls. Can you imagine how those parents must have felt, while hearing such a statement?
I do believe that now is the time when all of us, from all around the world, must come together and see WHO WE ARE in regards to what have happened. Are we going to let it be and just ignore it, because it didn’t happen to us? Or are we going to speak our truth and raise awareness to our governments to fight and protect our girls?
Thanks to Ibrahim M. Abdullahi, a Nigerian lawyer, the #bringbackourgirls came to life. He was inspired to start this campaign, by former Minister Obiageli Ezekwesili‘s speech at an even in Port Harcourt.
I am grateful to see that so many people came on board with this campaign and stated their support to fight for the right to be educated.
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