FEMENT and African Women’s Rights organizations take part in the global day of action to #BringBackOurGirls
May 15th, Solidarity Day of Action in Africa, marked one month since over 300 girls were abducted in Chibok, Nigeria. Actions were organized across the continent to stand in solidarity with the girls, their families and their communities. Ghana took action on Sunday, to mark Mother’s Day. Senegal took to the streets on Monday. FEMNET coordinated other efforts from Cairo, to Lilongwe, to Pretoria, Johannesburg, Freetown, Yaounde, Lusaka, Kampala – people are taking a stand.
Activities taking place include:
- In Egypt, EBWA and African Alliance for Women Empowerment (AFRAWE), national council of women, and all African embassies had a solidarity stand in front of the Nigerian embassy at noon on 15/05/2014.
- In Malawi, Ministry of Gender, NGO Gender Coordination Network and UN Women Malawi office, gathered at noon, presented a press statement and petitions to the Government of Nigeria through the Malawian Government on 15/05/2014.
- In Kenya, activists matched to the Nigerian high commission and presented a statement.
- In Tanzania, Tanzania Women’s Media Association TAMWA held a press conference.
- In Zimbabwe, WiPSU, Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe, The Minister of Women’s Affairs Gender and Community Development handed over a petition to the Nigerian Embassy on 13/05/2014.
- South African Women In Dialogue (SAWID) demonstrated in front of the Nigerian Embassy 10-12/05/2014.
- In Sierra leone Women’s Forum (umbrella body for all women’s groups in Sierra Leone) held a peaceful march to the Nigerian to the Ngerian high commission on 13/05/2014.
- In Senegal, FEMNET Senegal/FAMEDEV, UNOWA, ONU FEMMES gave a memorandum to the Nigerian embassy on 12/05/2014.
Download the press statement here.
View pictures of the Nairobi event and others here.