Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Nigerian School Girls One Year Later

We can’t talk about gender equality, class equality and STEM education for women if we aren’t willing to support it in the Third World. We can’t fret about the educational opportunities for our own daughters if we aren’t willing to pay attention to when they are denied abroad. We can’t watch TED Talks and read news stories about heroic young women like Malala and ignore 234 young women just like her who are being threatened with rape, physical abuse, sex slavery and death because they sought an education.
One year ago I wrote a heart-felt piece, quoted above, responding to the news that over 200 Nigerian school girls had been kidnapped. At the time I was appalled that this had even occurred. I was angry that I’d heard about it through Twitter activtists and not the mainstream media. I had no idea that a year later next to nothing would have been done to rescue the students from Boko Haram, and these girls would still be missing. I had no idea that a year later Malala Yousafzai herself would be reminding the world that this tragedy happened, and that it’s still ongoing. It’s present tense, not pushed into the past and punctuated with a period put in place by the 24 hour news cycle.

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