"Make A Resounding Rising Noise Wherever You Are!" #BringBackOurGirls
Tomorrow is Mother's Day (in the U.S and select other countries around the world) and in honor of mothers everywhere, and in solidarity with the mothers of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria, we are calling on you to join us and MAKE A RESOUNDING NOISE wherever you are as an act of global solidarity.
Amy Oyekunle, Executive Director of Kudirat Initiative for Democracy in Lagos and One Billion Rising Global Coordinator for Nigeria, along with local students created this important video calling for global action to #BringBackOurGirls
The Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) is a non-governmental organization that works to strengthen organizations and create initiatives dedicated to the advancement of girls and women. Amy is a gender and development consultant, feminist researcher and facilitator with experience of working with community based organizations in Africa. She has extensive experience in designing and implementing programmes on violence against women and girls and women in political participation. Amy is a long-time V-Day activist who brought The Vagina Monologues to Lagos starting in 2006. She joined 36 V-Day activists in Kenya in 2012 for the V-Day Africa Rising Summit at which lasting bonds and friendships were made, all of whom are joining Amy as united women and men in this campaign.
JOIN US and make a RESOUNDING RISING NOISE and let the world leaders know that we are not going anywhere, that we will not stop until they #BringBackOurGirls!
LEARN more about Amy's work and the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy >
READ "We Are Not Going Anywhere" by One Billion Rising for Justice Global Coordinator (Southern Africa) Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende >
BE INSPIRED: V-Girls SA member Busi Mkhumbuzi writes a passionate piece on #BringBackOurGirls and shares her #headwrap campaign she has started in solidarity. In addition, Busi who is a student at the University of Cape Town, together with numerous organizations has mobilized Cape Town to Rise tomorrow in front of Parliament and present the government with a memorandum that demands that South African government take action to #bringbackourgirls.
IN SOLIDARITY: In a joint statement today, the Gambian Child Protection Alliance, the Nigerian Ambassador to Gambia and Executive Director Of GAMCOTRAP Dr. Isatou Touray said "[Boko Haram's] action transcends the borders of Nigeria to other neighboring countries and gives it a transnational dimension. This should be a cause of concern for all of our countries. No country should remain complacent given the current trends of abuses meted on girls in the name of religion. This act of violence against women, is misogyny, satanic and outright evil against women, and is certainly not Islamic."