Liberian Women Condemn Girls Abduction

The women of Liberia have condemned the abduction of some 300 Nigerian school girls by the Islamic militant Boko Haram almost a month ago.

The girls were abducted at different times in towns and villages in Nigeria, triggering international outcry. The first batch of 270 school girls were abducted on April 14 and the second batch on May 6, 2014 from Chibok, in the state of Borno, Nigeria.

In a release, the women of Liberia said the action by Boko Haram is barbaric and unacceptable, and it is a crime against humanity.

The Liberian women said the abduction of the girls by Boko Haram reinforces the level of vulnerability and exposure to violence experienced by people living in poverty; with women and children bearing the brunt of these inhumane actions.

"We call on leaders of Boko Haram to return the girls to their families unconditionally …" the women demanded.

The women of Liberia stated emphatically that they are standing in solidarity with families of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria, adding that the abduction of the girls is against their human rights to life, protection and education.

The women of Liberia called on the Government of Nigeria to take total responsibility for the missing girls and institute immediate actions for their release and safety.

The women also called on the Nigerian Government to respect freedom of expression in this matter as women in Nigeria, Africa and globally organize to bring prominence to this critical human rights violation.

"We call on the Government of Liberia to condemn this act that threatens the stability of the sub-region and ensure that regional pressure is placed on the Government of Nigeria to act urgently in finding solution to this situation… " the release stressed.

Additionally, the women call on all religious institutions in the country to condemn this barbaric act and inform their various memberships about the kidnapped girls in order to pressurize Boko Haram to release the schoolgirls.

"Churches are specifically requested to highlight the human rights violation in conflict settings, using the kidnappings as a visible example in their Mothers' Day's sermon on May 11, 2014," the women stated.

At the same time, the women of Liberia are inviting the Ministry of Gender and Development, churches, mosques, women rights organizations and civic society organizations to a "CALL TO ACTION" meeting on May 12, 2014 to deliberate on how women in Liberia can support the ongoing action against the abduction of over 270 girls in Nigeria.

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