A Bring Back Our Girls solidarity gathering was held at the Embassy of Nigeria this week. The meeting took place to highlight the plight of the 276 girls abducted in Nigeria by militant Islamic group Boko Haram in Nigeria on 15 April. High on the agenda was the delivery of a message of solidarity to the President of Nigeria and its citizens in line with the African notion of Ubuntu.
The gathering began with a moment of silence to honour the abducted girls and the bravery of the 37 who managed to escape. Nyaradzo Mashayamombe, founder and director of Tag a Life International Trust which works towards tackling gender based violence (GBV) passed on a letter of solidarity to the Nigerian Ambassador Mamman Nuhu.
Among the various notable women’s rights activists present was Member of Parliament Jessie Majome who made a call for unity against any form of GBV. MP Majome has taken big strides in promoting the girl child since taking office.
Ambassador Nuhu commented on the international support that Nigeria has received in trying to bring back the kidnapped girls, commending the assistance given by countries including China, France, and America who have formed organisations and sent troops. He noted that whilst the majority of support has come from overseas, a notable regional ally during these hard times has been Ghana who have sent personnel in various capacities to aid the Nigerian government in its rescue operation.
Describing the progress that has been made so far Ambassador Nuhu dismissed allegations that the girls have been taken out of the country saying that troops have been sent to guard the borders to prevent Boko Haram doing so.
The gathering ended with a lighting of candles and prayer for the girls.