In memory and in solidarity with the missing Chibok girls, join an event near you! 

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365 Days Later, The Girls are Still Missing

April 14th marks the one year anniversary of the abduction of 276 school girls in Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram. While the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign has received considerable international outcry to locate the missing girls, the Nigerian government has not taken any genuine efforts to further that goal and to prevent further attacks. With the recent presidential and parliamentary elections on March 28, it is more important than ever to let the Nigerian authorities know that the international community is concerned about their human rights record. Show your solidarity with the missing girls and with those in Nigeria working daily to demand action; let the world know you have not forgotten about them. Join an event near you or plan a solidarity vigil and participate online!

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Background

On April 14, 2015, almost 300 girls between the ages of 16 and 18 were forcibly kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School by the Islamist armed group Boko Haram.

To date, the Nigerian government has done little to locate the girls and bring their perpetrators to justice. The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has claimed that the girls have been married off to militants.

Moreover, these kidnappings and attacks have not stopped, they have intensified. On March 23, 2015, Boko Haram has allegedly kidnapped 500 more young women and children. So why has the Nigerian government turn a blind eye to these horrific abuses of human rights?

Currently, Amnesty International USA is working with the US Congress to introduce legislation that would have the US demand accountability from Nigeria for the missing Chibok girls, to improve the security of civilians, and to prevent further attacks in Northern Nigeria.  Please stay tuned to our blog for when this legislation drops so that you can call your representatives to support and have the United States demand meaningful action from Nigeria!

In the meantime, take action below online and with a vigil to show we have not forgotten and we demand action and accountability!


 


Join an Event

All around the world, people are gathering to show solidarity with the missing Chibok girls. Join an event near you!

April 11, 2015 at 2PM: Solidarity march in Washington, DC



Don't live close-by to a listed event? Start your own sister vigil!  See the bottom of this newsletter for tips on how to host your own vigil. Be sure to show us on Tumblr.  We share all our images with local Nigerian organizers who use the international pressure to amplify their calls for justice to their government-- the Nigerian government needs to know that the whole world stands with the protestors and organizers in Nigeria in the demand to take action!  If you're not on Tumblr, send any photos or information about your event to tdemant@aiusa.org.


 


Take Action Online


Have thirty seconds to spare? Act now and sign our online petition

Have five minutes to spare? Join the Tumblr action at http://bringbackourgirls.tumblr.com/ and upload a photo with your message of support and your demand to bring back our girls!

If you joined an event, show the world you haven't forgotten about this missing girls and post your photos to the Tumblr.

Unfortunately, such violence against women in girls is not restricted to Nigeria-- once you've taken action for Nigerian girls, consider taking action to end gender-based violence globally! Tell Congress to support the International Violence Against Women's Act! Learn more about IVAWA and how you can take action to stand with women and girls in Nigeria and beyond here.

Tips for Hosting Your Own Vigil


Holding a solidarity vigil is a powerful way to show the Nigerian government that the protestors in Nigeria do not stand alone and that the world demands action! 
 
See our below tips for a vigil and be sure to email tdemant@aiusa.org with your plans so we can help publicize.  Try to hold your event sometime in April, the one-year anniversary month of the disappearance, but even if it’s a bit later, show the world we have not forgotten!
 
  • Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate: Get the support of other organizations and community groups, including racial justice groups, faith-based organizations, social justice groups, and other youth-led groups
  • Decide where to hold the event. Remember that the purpose of a vigil or moment of silence is to create a space for people to grieve and reflect, so the location you choose should have some meaning to the community.
  • Include an “activity” for the action. Whether you light candles, write messages on a large board, chalk or lay down flowers, it is always impactful for people to feel physically involved in the action.
  • Ensure you have accurate information.  Check Amnestyusa.org for the most up-to-date information you can find including our most recent reports and blogs on Nigeria.
  • Publicize your event before and after.  Write your local paper or weekly with details, find where community events are posted and add it to the calendar.  Push it out on social media with the hashtags #bringbackourgirls.  If you tweet, tweet to @amnesty and @AmnestyWomenRts.  Remember: invite your local press to cover the event!
  • Be sure to tell us!  Email tdemant@aiusa.org with any questions and to let us know you planned an event and how it went.

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