Chilliwack Soroptimists and Ann Davis open up dialogue on #BringBackOurGirls

Chilliwack might be a long way from Nigeria, but distance doesn’t stop solidarity.

This mentality is the push behind the event hosted by the Chilliwack Soroptimists and the Ann Davis Transition Society this coming Saturday, where they invite the public to meet and speak about the issues and inequality facing women across the globe.

The gathering is in direct support of the #BringBackOurGirls movement, which urges the international community to work towards finding and rescuing 300 schoolgirls who were kidnapped in Nigeria earlier this year.

This meeting marks two months since terrorist group Boko Haram attacked a school in the village of Chibok in northeast Nigeria, taking the girls away with them.

Some of the girls are believed to be in good health, after Boko Haram recently released a video showing approximately 100 of them in captivity.

However, the organizers (as well as other human and women’s rights groups) hope to draw community attention to the remainder of the captives; rumours state some girls may have been abused, killed, or sold as child brides.

The gathering in Chilliwack will open a dialogue regarding the right to education for all children, regardless of gender or financial standing, and also hear prominent women from the Chilliwack community speak about the rights of girls and women on a global scale.

• The gathering in Central Community Park will take place on Saturday, June 14, at 2 p.m., and all are invited to attend and participate.


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