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FEMNET urges Buhari to give priority to bringing back Chibok girls

Posted: Apr 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Celestine Amoke, Lagos
Pan-Africa female advocacy group, African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), has called on the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to act fast to ensure that the Chibok school girls abducted in Borno State by the insurgents a year ago are brought back to re-unite with their families.
The group comprising women’s rights activists and organisations from over 40 countries in Africa as well as from the Diaspora, also  called on the president-elect to enforce security to ensure women and girls are  no longer subjected to abductions, sexual violence and loss of life.
The Executive Director of FEMNET, Dinah Musindarwezo, in a release signed by the Information Manager, Rachel Kagoiya, said Buhari and his government’s success would be measured by his ability to protect and uphold the human rights of its citizens – women and men, girls and boys and more especially those most marginalised.
“As we reflect on #bringbackourgirls, we invite our leaders and institutions – starting from the African Union – and all members of society to reflect on the current state of violations of women and girls and resolve to take action to heighten gender equality principles and practices so as to ensure women and girls enjoy all their rights and live in freedom and dignity.
“Religious and cultural fundamentalisms and extremisms have no place in our world! Let’s join efforts to end this insanity. We want peace, respect for others and their beliefs, solidarity and love to prevail over hatred and bigotry.
“We count on the newly elected President to show leadership by bringing back the girls to their homes,” the group said.