On April 14 2014, more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted at gunpoint. One month later, the school girls are still being held in captivity.
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has expressed its extreme concern about the recent abduction of Nigerian school girls and urged the national authorities and international community to increase efforts to end the hostage situation in Nigeria and allow the young girls to safely return home and to their education.
Valerie Duffy, development education coordinator at the National Youth Council of Ireland said:
“The National Youth Council of Ireland believes that a fair and just society is one where young people are valued and there is a commitment to justice and freedom; a belief in the interdependence of lives and a sense of solidarity that comes from people acting together.
“Each year, 194 countries, governments and NGOs the world over celebrate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 41 articles that support this human rights treaty. Nigeria is one of the signatories to this Convention. What is taking place in Nigeria is an example of a denial and violation of rights – the right to education; the right to be protected; the right to participation in society; the right to survival; and the right and freedom to development.
“This ongoing hostage situation crosses over issues of development, gender, youth and human rights. These girls and their families are suffering for seeking an education for a better chance in life as a potential way out of poverty. It is has been proven that for every girl who completes her education, remains healthy, and stays safe, not only her but her children and those around her are more likely to be educated and healthy and less at risk of poverty.
The National Youth Council of Ireland stands in solidarity with the young girls, their families and communities and hope that they will be safely back home and return to school shortly.
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
National Youth Council of Ireland
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
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