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23 May 2014
Under the aegis of the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women and Girls Campaign, the United Nations System Team for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean joined the global call for the safe return of the 200 girls who were abducted from their school in Chibok, Borno State, in Nigeria.
(22 May, New York) UN Women today launched a major campaign in the lead-up to the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. A year of activities around the world will aim to mobilize governments and citizens alike to picture a world where gender equality is a reality and to join a global conversation on empowering women to empower humanity.
Events will focus on achievements and gaps in gender equality and women’s empowerment since 189 governments adopted the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This visionary blueprint paves the way for women’s full and equal participation in all spheres of life and decision-making.
#BringBackOurGirls: A joint op-ed on the abduction of more than 200 school girls in Nigeria
A joint op-ed by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund.
Today more than 200 school girls will wake up to another day in an unthinkable nightmare. Three weeks ago, they were seized in the night by armed men dressed as soldiers who said they were there to protect them. In reality, the men were militant extremists who kidnapped them and set their boarding school on fire. The girls’ whereabouts continue to be unknown.
This happened in Chibok, a town in north-eastern Nigeria. Imagine if it had taken place in your community.
This horrific act offends our common humanity and demands global outrage and action. We have a responsibility to rally behind the parents, people and Government of Nigeria and bring the girls back home to safety.