|Masimanyane Women's Support Centre is a non-profit international women's organisation based in East London, South Africa. With a specific focus on violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights and the gendered nature of HIV and Aids, we aim to build the capacity of women and human rights advocates to claim and realise women's human rights. This is done through the development of new knowledge and the utilisation of a rights-based approach.|
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|Protest against the abduction of some 300 Nigerian girls from their school||
Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre held a protest against the abduction of some 300 girls from a boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria. More than 230 of the girls remain abducted. Masimanyane’s dedication on ending violence against women and girls prompted the organisation to hold this protest. As part of our protest, we gathered more than 1000 signatures from women across the Eastern Cape Province. The petition, together with a Memorandum was handed to the chief Magistrate’s office in East London with the request that it be sent to the Minsiter of Justice and Correctional services to submission to the President. Our call is for Preseident Zuma to hold discussions with Nigerian President Goodluck Johnathan and to urge him to ensure the return of these girls to their families.
|Memorandum - Bring Back Our Girls||
Memorandum regarding the abduction of girls in Nigeria
Date: 23 May 2014
Today Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre, the Women’s Ikhwelo Network together with the Government Communication systems and civil society organisations come as a community of women and men to express our outrage at the abduction of more than 270 Nigerian girls in the town of Chibok. We join the millions of people throughout the world in expressing our anger and pain at this act of terror.
These children of Africa are our daughters and our sisters. We express our solidarity with them and their families.
This gross violation of human rights is an indication of girls not being valued and the State not ensuring their protection as it is obligated to do by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the CEDAW Convention, the Beijing Platform of Action, the Millenium Development Goals and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights,
We feel the pain of the parents and caregivers of these children and are deeply disturbed by the fact that these girls are suffering untold torture and trauma which will affect them for the rest of their lives.
We deplore the tactics used by the rebel group, Boko Harem, in their abduction of these girls and the terrorising of communities in Nigeria. Their attack on education and educational authorities is in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Rights of the Child. Their terrorist strategies violates international law.
We are concerned that the response of the Nigerian government to the abduction of the girls has been shockingly slow and ineffective.
We call on President Zuma to put pressure on the Nigerian State to treat this abduction as a humanitarian crisis and to put all their resources into recovering the girls.
We call on the African Union to support all efforts to secure the safe return of the abducted girls and to put measures in place that prevent any further abductions and acts of terrorism against innocent citizens of all member states.
We call on the United Nations Security Council to ensure that no country provides the rebel group with any form of weaponry or military assistance and resources.
We call on all foreign countries not to use the abduction of the girls to further colonialist claims upon Africa and the resources of our continent.
As a community we request that this memorandum be forwarded to all relevant leaders and that they act upon these demands.
Dr Lesley Ann Foster
On behalf of Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre & Women’s Ikhwelo Network