Tomorrow at 12pm EST, Girls Rising and Amy Poehler's Smart Girls are co-organizing a "Call to Action" Google Hangout (which you can livestream here) in response to the abducted Nigerian school girls. You can join experts, organizers, and global citizens to discuss what's happening and what we can do to help.
The groups will share an "action pack" of tools, so anyone can raise visibility about the unfolding situation—and help build and sustain the momentum needed to bring these girls home.
On April 14, an estimated 276 Nigerian school girls were abducted from their boarding school by the extremist Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, whose name in the Hausa language means, "Western education is a sin." The gunmen broke into the dormitories at the Government Girls Secondary school as the girls slept.
As of today, Boko Haram has announced they are indeed responsible for the kidnappings; three of the captive girls have died and 18 are sick.
The organization has stated that if the government sends help to rescue the girls, the girls’ lives will be in jeopardy. Reports are also out that some of the captive girls have been sold as "brides" (actually slaves) for about $12 each.
The media’s lack of coverage in the wake of the missing Malaysia flight shows that a disappearance of hundreds of African girls is less important. Not everyone thinks so.
People have taken to Twitter in outrage.
— hyperlocavore (@hyperlocavore) May 2, 2014
Even a Change.org petition has been started to stand with the girls and encourage their safe and swift return home.
— Laura Kaye (@laurakayeauthor) April 28, 2014
The United States has officially offered help in the situation, but has made it clear that "it is up to the Nigerian government to take the lead," CNN reported.
In the meantime, while we wait for government intervention, we can take action to bring attention, awareness, and activism on behalf of the situation.
— J | #ShapeAfrica2014 (@omojuwa) May 4, 2014
The Christian Association of Nigeria has also released the names of 180 girls, which has now been circulating the web and picked up by other organizations, including Ebony, who has stated, "These are real girls, they are not changing numbers in underreported news stories. They are as important and as loved as the Blue Ivys, the Keishas, the Naimas, the Beths, and the Beckys of the world and they deserve to come home. NOW."
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Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls is a rapidly expanding online network and community movement whose aim is to help young women and the young at heart with the process of cultivating their authentic selves.