I was scrolling through my home page on FB catching up with news and saw a post from Mary J Blige with a title that said "bring back our girls ", in it I saw a picture of 4 African women walking and moved on to other stories. A day later I get a private message from Marina Mahatir asking me to sign the petition that says "bring back our girls ". So I did a little reading, where I found out that :
"In Nigeria, over 200 girls were recently abducted from their boarding school by a terrorist group, Boko Haram, that may be selling them as brides for $12 each. This petition calls on the Nigerian government and all enabled international parties to immediately rescue them."
I was driving along in the car today (where ,lets face it apart from the shower, I do a lot of thinking... go figure) and thought, hang on a minute here, we (the females of the human race) make up HALF of the people on this planet, and no one has gone in and smoked the bad guys out and gotten the girls back?
Lets put it this way, if they had been your daughter, sister, or cousin, or niece, or granddaughter or even a friends child, would you stand there and do nothing? If this had happened in a western schooling facility for girls, do you think it would be this quiet? (hah, I would say not on your Nelly)
Where are the huge headlines? Where are the women activists making noise and getting on the press band wagon? Why has there been so little fuss globally about them?
Is the world trying to put a different value on human life depending on "WHERE" you come from? Is anyone aware that 3 of the 200 are dead and "no reports " of how they died have been given, (I'm sure anyone with an iota of intelligence will know that they were obviously badly 'abused',) and WE as women, just stand here and act "HELPLESS"??!!
Through decades of arguing, cajoling, protesting, fighting and chaining ourselves for OUR FREEDOM to be WOMEN with EQUAL RIGHTS, to join the Army, to join the Police Force, to become Politicians, to being Astronauts, in Intel, to being Leaders in all sectors...... and NO ONE has done anything to get these young girls (between 15 and 18) back?
We say we're emancipated, we say we're empowered, we say we have a voice.... then don't you think it's about time we started acting like the women our Founding Mothers paved the way for?
Pool your great intelligence together sisters and lets bring them back.