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Statement by the Nigerian Feminist Forum on the Abduction, Kidnapping & Trafficking of 234 female students from Chibok, Borno State

Lagos, Nigeria, 30th April 2014 – Bearing in mind that in almost every conflict situation, women and children are most likely to be affected, the abduction of 234 young female students from the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria, by heavily armed men suspected to be Islamist terrorists clearly demonstrates the vulnerability and susceptibility of women and girls to dangers of armed conflict.


Grace Foundation-Nigeria Statement: In Chibok, we are all victims

Grace Foundation-Nigeria, an institutional member of AWID, shares the following statement: 


Update: Russia: Decision upheld to perform psychiatric examination of human rights defender Ms Tatiana Kotlyar

On 12 May 2014, the Obninsk city court of the Kaluga region rejected the complaint of human rights defender Ms Tatiana Kotlyar against the decision to submit her to a psychiatric examination. 


Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, on the abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria

I am deeply troubled and alarmed by disturbing reports of alleged abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Borno State, Nigeria, and the most recent reports that more schoolgirls have been abducted this week. Such acts shock the conscience of humanity and could constitute crimes that fall within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court ("ICC").


FEMNET Statement on Abduction of Girls in Chibok, Nigeria

We the members of the FEMNET Board, Secretariat as well as Members comprising of women's rights activists and organizations from over 42 countries in Africa as well as from the Diaspora condemn in the strongest possible terms the abduction, proposed sale of young girls and the sluggish response of the Government of Nigeria to take action to rescue the 276 girls. This is not withstanding the hundreds that were killed on Monday and noting previous abductions and killings by Boko Haram.


CSOs in Mexico demand justice for the murders of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola

It has been four years since two human rights defenders, Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola, were murdered. Their deaths remain unpunished - families and society demand justice.


Updates on worldwide events and preparations for IDAHOT

With less than 2 weeks to go before the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), here you will find a dedication to World Press Freedom Day, as well as suggestions for getting your actions heard online on May 17. An update on events planned for the Day is also included, as well as a note of respect to the many activists taking silent or anonymous actions - or who are unable to take action - for May 17, 2014.


Elena Ryabinina – Inspiring Human Rights Defender Passed Away Last Week

Elena Ryabinina, a much admired Russian human rights defender (HRD), passed away on 4 May 2014 in Moscow, aged 59. She died after a long battle with cancer.


Joint statement on the abduction of school girls in Borno State, Nigeria

Joint statement by UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, and UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui. 


Nigeria: Bring back the abducted school girls of Chibok

If we forget about these girls it means we are forgetting our own sisters, our own people."- Malala Yousafzai[1]



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