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Today: #BringBackOurGirls march

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Ursuline College will be participating in the global march on May 22nd to support the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign on campus, 4:30pm-5:30pm to call for the release of the kidnapped Nigerian girls and to demand that every person’s human rights be honored.  

“As the only women’s College in Ohio, we were eager to participate in the efforts to bring awareness to this issue, said Gina Messina-Dysert, Ursuline’s Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. According to Messina-Dysert, an alum thought Ursuline would be the perfect place to hold the march.

The march will begin on Ursuline’s campus in the quad. 

Professor perspective: bring back our girls!

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Mary Frances Pipino, Ph.D., Director of the Ursuline Studies Program

Recent events in Nigeria—the mass kidnapping of nearly 300 girls from a boarding school by the extremist group Boko Haram (which translates as “western education is sin”)—have galvanized the international community. Leader Abubakar Shekau has laughingly declared that Allah has commanded him to sell the girls; the girls are either being sold as wives to militia members (and the bride price collected), or used as sex slaves.

Several have died, according to reports, and many more are seriously ill. An attack on a village at Nigeria’s border with Cameroon on Monday, resulting in hundreds of deaths, is believed to be motivated by the village’s use as a base of operation to track down the kidnapped girls.

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Trending: #BringBackOurGirls and #RealMenDontBuyGirls

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BBC - The hashtag #RealMenDontBuyGirls has been tweeted thousands of times in the past few days in connection with the abducted girls in Nigeria. It’s reported that Hollywood celebrities have endorsed the campaign, but things are not exactly as they first appear.

#RealMenDontBuyGirls is trending in the US, Nigeria, Spain, the UK and elsewhere, and the vast majority of tweets call for the release of the more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. It’s being used widely together with #BringBackOurGirls, which has now been tweeted more than 1.6 million times globally.

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Share, make your own signs, spread the word – let’s #BringBackOurGirls

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Nigeria abducted girls: Why hasn’t the rescue effort produced results?

CNN - With every passing day, the wait for the kidnapped Nigerian girls gets more agonizing.

Boko Haram seized the nearly 300 schoolgirls and vanished into a dense forest last month. Their abduction sparked a global movement as throngs took to the streets demanding their rescue.

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Ursuline supports #BringBackOurGirls

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Information from CNN.com and NYTimes.com

One year ago this month, Boko Haram’s (“Western education is sin” in English) leader Abubakar Shekau released a video announcing a new front in its attempt at forced Islamism: his fighters will begin abducting girls and selling them.

It is the recent abductions of nearly 300 girls taken from a school in Nigeria that has spawned global outrage and horror. The girls taken from a school by armed militants are still missing, possibly sold into slavery or married off.  In an attempt to raise awareness, a #BringBackOurGirls campaign began on Twitter and has quickly spread with demonstrators taking to the streets around the world to demand action.

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