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Mon May 12 16:54:43 EDT 2014

*/Apologies for cross-posting/*



The African Women’s Development and Communication Network, FEMNET, has 
called on hundreds of its members across over 40 African countries to 
organize and mobilize peaceful demonstrations at Nigerian Embassies 
around the continent on Thursday, 15^th May 2014, also the International 
Day of the Family, to express pan-African solidarity with the abducted 
Nigerian school girls, their families and their loved ones. May 15^th 
marks one month since the girls were abducted.

Actions are being organized simultaneously around the continent to 
express concern over the slow response of the Nigerian government and 
demand the immediate and safe return of the 276 girls as well as at 
least eight more who were subsequently abducted. These follow a series 
of atrocities by Boko Haram, which include a bombing that killed of over 
300 last week as well as abductions and killing of school going youth in 
previous months.

Upon the safe return of the girls, we call for the commitment of the 
Nigerian government, among others, to provide psychosocial support, to 
rebuild the schools and reaffirm the girl’s rights to safety, security 
and education as a process of restoring their dignity. Calls are also 
being made for urgent action by fellow African governments, the Economic 
Community of West African States (ECOWAS) the African Union (AU) and the 
United Nations (UN) to substantively support immediate and long term 
interventions to address the underlying systemic issues.

In light of this, all citizens of conscience are invited to join in the 
solidarity day of action on Thursday, May 15, 2014 to speak out against 
increasing fundamentalisms and oppressive systems of patriarchy and 
domination which perpetuate injustice.

In Kenya, the Africa UNiTE Kenya Chapter, Akili Dada and FEMNET will be 
leading a peaceful march to the Nigerian High Commission commencing at 
Freedom Corner, Uhuru Park at 9AM. Participants are asked to wear 
something red in solidarity and support for Nigeria.

/For more information, contact:/

/Nebila Abdulmelik/

/Head of Communications, FEMNET/

/communication at <mailto:communication at>//


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Kind regards,

*Nebila Abdulmelik*

Head of Communications/Chargée de la Communication*
*African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)
Réseau de Développement et de Communication des Femmes Africaines <> |*FEMNET on Facebook* 
<> |*Blog 

Twitter <>:* @femnetprog  | 
*Skype:* Femnet Secretariat |*_FEMNET on YouTube 

_'_/The revolution and women’s liberation go together. We do not talk of 
women’s emancipation as an act of charity or because of a surge of human 
compassion. It is a basic necessity for the triumph of the revolution. 
Women hold up the other half of the sky.' -/Thomas Sankara

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