Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson Marks One Year of #BringBackOurGirls With Escaped Chibok Girls at Press Event
April 14th, 2015, marked the one-year anniversary of the horrific abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School in Nigeria. I hosted a press conference to commemorate the anniversary of this solemn event. I was joined by my colleagues; Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Karen Bass (CA-13), and Lois Frankel (FL-22).
Our message was clear. Women and girls must be allowed to go to school without the fear of violence and unjust treatment. Schools are places of refuge and safety for children, they should be allowed to learn and grow unconditionally and free from intimidation. As long as these girls are at large, we will continue to call attention to the atrocities committed by Boko Haram, call for the return of the kidnapped girls, and hold Nigeria’s leaders accountable.
Voice of America’s Hausa service, a program that serves audiences primarily in Nigeria, Ghana and Niger, invited me to speak about the kidnapped girls and the recent election in Nigeria. It was an honor to make an address on behalf of the Hausa service. Since the night of the abduction, they have been a leader in coverage of the events. You can watch the speech below.