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Boko Haram Offers To Swap Chibok Girls For Detained Militants, Activist Says

AP | Posted 07.09.2015 | World

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists are offering to free more than 200 young women and girls kidnapped from a boarding school in th...

Suffering and Strength

Margee Ensign | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Margee Ensign

As the world faces increasing challenges from alienated, unemployed and hopeless youth, education is the only answer. Education and a nurturing environment can allow all young people to spread their wings, feel its power, and raise their voices.

When Girls Lead The Charge

Françoise Girard | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Françoise Girard

To be sure, we have a long way to go to achieve true gender equality. Yet as I work side by side with young feminist activists from all over the world, I am inspired, energized, and yes even optimistic about the future for which this new generation of young women is fighting so hard.

We, the Survivors of the Boko Haram Kidnapping Have Not Been Broken

Margee Ensign | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Margee Ensign

Below are excerpts from a piece that five of the 58 young Chibok women who escaped Boko Haram on April 14, 2014 wrote when I asked them to say what education means to them.

Never To Be Forgotten - A Year On From Chibok

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

On April 14th 2014, a ruthless militia kidnapped over 200 of Nigeria's young girls from their school in Chibok in the dead of night. A year on, the girls have yet to be released by Boko Haram, nor rescued by our security forces, leaving their families waiting and praying for answers.

Peer, an Alternative Look at the Boko Haram Kidnapping

Madeline Cottingham | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Madeline Cottingham

On April 14, 2014, nearly a year ago, the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls, between the ages of 16 and 18, in the town of Chibok. The Nigerian government has so far proven powerless in their pursuit of the militant organization that now controls most of northeastern Nigeria. Although the twitter campaign #BringBackOurGirls was quickly picked up by commercial media and popularized by Michelle Obama, it gathered less than 9,000 followers and did little to galvanize the world.

The Face of Hunger in Northeastern Nigeria

Margee Ensign | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Margee Ensign

For the past seven months, as thousands of people have fled Borno, Yobe and northern Adamawa State for the peace of Yola, the university and members of our peace initiative have been distributing food.

Official: Boko Haram Seizes Nigerian Town Of Kidnapped Schoolgirls

AP | HARUNA UMAR and MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 01.14.2015 | World

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists in Nigeria have seized Chibok, forcing thousands of people to flee the town where insurgents kidnapped ...

Boko Haram: Kidnapped Girls Have Been Married Off

Reuters | = | Posted 01.01.2015 | World

By Isaac Abrak ABUJA, Nov 1 (Reuters) - A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said more than 200 girls kidnapped by ...

Is Boko Haram Able To Make Peace?

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 10.25.2014 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we look at how Nigerian militant group Bo...

'If We Run And They Kill Us, So Be It. But We Have To Run Now.'

Matter | Sarah A. Topol | Posted 10.18.2014 | World

Six months ago, 276 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram. The handful who escaped that night have never told the full story of their orde...

Education Is Scary

Margee Ensign | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Margee Ensign

Education may be scary for the thousands of Nigerians who are afraid to send their children to school in a region terrorized by Boko Haram. A society without education is even scarier.

The World Will Not Forget These Girls. Not for One Day. Not for 100 Days.

Gordon Brown | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

The Safe Schools Initiative, a fund set up to pilot 500 safe schools in northern Nigeria and led by Nduka Obaigbena, brings the Nigerian government and Nigerian business leaders together with the international community to ensure that all children are secure when learning. The fund total currently stands at $23 million. Ultimately, young people will demonstrate because they see the connection between abductions in Nigeria, the rapes and murders of young girls in India, the so-called "honor killings" of Pakistani girls who marry against family wishes, the genital mutilation of girls in preparation for child marriages across Africa and the ever-present reality that 7 million school-aged girls are working full time, often in slave labour conditions, many of them trafficked out of their home country when they should be at school.

Fighting for Full Access to Education for Girls and Women

Michael Roth | Posted 09.13.2014 | College
Michael Roth

Providing a safe place for girls and women to pursue their education is the best vehicle we know for combating poverty, disease and economic injustice. The demand that girls and women have a right to a full and equal education is not a parochial Western value -- it is a fundamental human right.

REPORT: 10 Generals Armed Extremists Who Kidnapped Schoolgirls

AP | MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 08.03.2014 | World

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Ten generals and five other senior military officers were found guilty in courts-martial of providing arms and information to...

A Month After 276 Nigerian Girls Were Kidnapped, Now Is Time to Act

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

These young girls are still being held captive, their condition is unknown, they are at extreme risk of being sexually abused and trafficked and the leaders of Boko Haram have threatened to sell them as slaves and into child marriages.

Nigeria's Kidnapped Girls Are Like Canaries in a Coal Mine

Marcia Greenberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Marcia Greenberg

The recent tragic events expose the critical importance of good governance. As its politicians and bureaucrats are neither accountable to, nor in touch with, their own people, Nigeria suffers from failures of representation.

5 Lessons from Chibok

Julie Flynn Badal | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Julie Flynn Badal

Our stories are probably less dramatic, but no less significant. And as we recover the dreams of our own lost childhoods, we can commit ourselves to expanding the rights and restoring the dignity of every child on this planet.

Twitter Won't #BringBackOurGirls

Jesse Larner | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Jesse Larner

Sorry, but I have to say this: Am I the only left-leaning person who finds Michelle Obama's ‪#‎BringBackOurGirls‬ tweet to be smug, opportunistic and worse than useless?

Boko Haram's Terror Is Based on Thuggery, Not Islam

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Hibaaq Osman

Our collective silence has let down our daughters and enabled Boko Haram to take them like toys from a playground. It is their cruelty that created this crisis, but it is our complacency that has allowed it to continue.

'In These Girls, Barack And I See Our Own Daughters'

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama on Saturday decried the kidnapping of scores of Nigerian schoolgirls who have been missing for nearly a month and u...

Education, Gender, Kidnapping: Fight for the Right to Learn!

Michael Roth | Posted 07.05.2014 | College
Michael Roth

Three of the major factors in the basic oppression of women in the developing world are child labor, child marriage and gender-based violence. Getting girls into primary school and giving them the opportunity for secondary education are important tools for addressing these sources of vulnerability.

Nigeria First Lady Orders Arrest Of Protest Leaders Calling For Return Of Missing Schoolgirls

AP | MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 07.05.2014 | World

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's Islamic extremist leader is threatening to sell the nearly 300 teenage schoolgirls abducted from a school in the rem...

Nigerian President: 'Everything Must Be Done' To Free Abducted Girls

AP | BASHIR ADIGUN and MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 07.04.2014 | World

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan met with security, school and state officials and ordered that "everything must be done" ...

Parents Of Kidnapped Girls Make Desperate Plea

Agence France Presse | Ola Awoniyi | Posted 07.03.2014 | World

Desperate parents of the more than 200 abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria called on Saturday for authorities there to bring in foreign help to secure the...