Bring Back Our Girls

Posted on May 12, 2014, by Half the Sky Movement

It has been nearly a month since 276 Nigerian girls were taken from their school by the militant group Boko Haram, but none of them have come home. We are beginning to see progress –– the United States and the United Kingdom have sent security experts to advise Nigerian officials, China has offered satellite intelligence, and a French task force has arrived to help search the Sambisa Forest where Boko Haram is thought to be hiding. Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has offered a $300,000 reward for any information that could lead to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau’s capture.

For more background information, check out Nicholas Kristof’s recent articles and blog posts:
Standing With the Kidnapped Girls in Nigeria
'Bring Back Our Girls'
Honoring the Missing Schoolgirls (Here are some of the great organizations Nick has mentioned that honor and empower women around the world.)
Why the Kidnapped Schoolgirls Matter
What's So Scary About Smart Girls?

Activists are working to pressure the Nigerian government to do more, and you can help. Here’s how:

1. Sign the Change.org petition to show your support for the kidnapped girls and ask all international agencies, organizations and groups to help ensure their safe return.

The Women Thrive Worldwide petition urges the Nigerian National Police to make the protection of schools a top priority.

2. The Malala Fund is dedicated to ensuring access to education for all girls and boys.

3. Organize or attend a rally in your city.

4. Share your #BringBackOurGirls photos on our Facebook page and we’ll pin them on our Pinterest board.