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Protect Our Girls

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Published on Dec 17, 2014

This short film, describes the solidarity mission of the Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Bineta Diop to Nigeria. Part of the purpose of the mission was to advocate for greater global attention to the issue of the abducted Chibok girls. In the film we meet one of the girls who escaped from her abductors as she relays her experience in the hands of the Boko Haram.

Bineta Diop was joined on this mission by Amb. Diallo Amina Djibo of Niger in Ethiopia, who is also a member of AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) and Justice Sophia Akuffo, former President of the African Court of Human and People’s rights.

Diop speaks about the outcomes of the visit during which she met with Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commissioner for Gender and Social Affairs, Fatmata Sow and Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Salamatu Suleiman. The team also held a roundtable meetings with members of the Nigerian Women Peace and security Network and a number CSOs in the country including members of the "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign.

The purpose of their visit was among others to echo the voices of the women of Nigeria and support them in their efforts to bring to an end the ordeal of the Chibok girls and all other forms of gender based violence. They also sought to support the Government of Nigeria’s efforts to bring back the girls abducted by Boko Haram and galvanize the support of civil society organizations that are assisting the victims.

The film also covers previous solidarity missions by the AU Special Envoy on Women to the Central African Republic and Somalia.

Produced by Marsden Momanyi,
Senior Communications Officer,
Peace and Security Department
African Union

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