UN News Centre
23 July 2014 – Marking 100 days since the brazen abduction of schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram terrorists, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for their immediate release, while expressing his full support for the worldwide vigils taking place today.
“I stand in solidarity with all those taking part in vigils today to demonstrate that the world has not forgotten the girls who were so cruelly abducted from their school 100 days ago,” said Mr. Ban in a message.
“I repeat my call for their immediate release and for an end to discrimination, intimidation and violence against girls whose only wish is to gain an education. Only by shielding them from harm and enabling them to realize their full potential can we usher in a better future for all,” he added.
Vigils will be held today around
the world to demonstrate solidarity with the Nigerian girls and their families.
Supporters in Africa, Asia, Europe and the
A wide coalition of
organisations, including A World at School and its network of Global Youth
Ambassadors and Girls Not Brides leaders, are spreading the campaign’s message.
In the Nigerian capital,
The UN Special Envoy for Global
Education, Gordon Brown, is expected to send the petition to Nigerian President
Goodluck Jonathan. The Chibok girls' families are also expected to sign the
petition and offer their full support for the Safe Schools Initiative. That
$23million dollar programme is designed to pilot 500 safe schools in
"Girls' rights should be
taken seriously and they should be at school free of intimidation and violence.
We will mark the 100 days by pledging to rebuild their Chibok school, and by
calling for international support for safe schools across
The UN envoy urged the international community to stand in solidarity with the kidnapped schoolgirls and “never to abandon them”, while “reminding people that we are in the midst of a global civil rights struggle”.