Stand to End Rape/STER and HER are partnering to demand the release of the #Nigerian #ChibokGirls. We won't keep silent. Our voices will unite to #BringBackOurGirls.
On April 14th, 273 school girls were kidnapped from the Chibok Government Secondary School by Boko Haram Terrorists in Nigeria. 230 of these girls are still missing.
Blair Elizabeth Brown: Today on Equality for HER, I interview the founder of Stand to End Rape initiative and ask her a couple questions about what it's like in Nigeria right now.
Brown: Tell me a little bit about the situation in Nigeria.
Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi: Sure. We have heard the case of a cease fire agreement between the Nigerian Government and Boko Haram for the release of the girls. So we are still expecting you know, to get the girls back. So everyone is in high hopes to get the Chibok girls back. So right now we are just expecting to hear the good news. That is the situation.
Brown: Excellent, and so where are you headed after we speak?
Osowobi: Usually for the past 172 days we have been having sit outs. So, after this conversation I will be going to the sit out where we discuss and pray for the girls
Brown: So tell me a little more about your organization.
Osowobi: Okay, it is called Stand to End Rape Initiative and we advocate against sexual violence in Nigeria and also provide support services for victims of Rape in Nigeria. So what we do is provide legal and psychological help for free we reach out to them we encourage them to speak up but not only speaking up, but providing help for them as well. We also work to help create awareness on rape, on child rape and all the issues pertinent to help them.
Brown:So what is something that you want to see happen in like a year from now, where would you like to see the Nigerian government and society be?
Osowobi: Oh ok, I have a lot I expect them to amend or to work on. We have issues of corruption thats a major issue eating into our development. Also, I am looking at a time where sexual assault is taken as a very important issue not just as a part of life where "Victims of rape will get over it" or "They'll be fine." So I am looking at a government that understands the need of the many sexual assault victims and is also ready to support them.
Brown: well I'm gonna go ahead and post this so that way you know, you can get on to the sit out. Thank you so much for talking with me and is there...Do you want to share like a final message with the viewers?
Osowobi: I just want to tell everyone out there that Nigeria is not alone we are in this together. Nigeria is a country but we are a people so, we need to stand up for each other. And I believe wherever you are in Africa, Europe, Asia, anywhere in the world please keep advocating for the rights of women, the most you can educate people as well and try to empower as many women as you can. I would also like to say that Nigeria is a great country we have our problems, our issues like every other country does but we are working to make it better. I know some people have the mentality of, "Oh Nigeria is in Africa they will be fine.” Yes, we will be fine. We will be fine and we will be better if you support us and if you lend an ear to what is going on and support our good works. So thank you so much for all you guys have done so far for BringBackOurGirls and we are looking forward to having our girls back and sharing the good news with the rest of the world.
Brown and Osowobi also resolved to inform the global community with graphic representations of the status of the Chibok Girls captivity. At the time of this posting it will be 190 days since these girls were free. One girl is too many, one day is too long.
STER & HER came together to bring a voice back to these girls. Let us come together and tell the world that we will not allow schools to be places of violence. We want our girls rescued and we want the world to protect all schools. Follow Bring Back Our Girls on Facebook and Twitter for news and updates. #bringbackourgirls #stopthekillings