Human Rights Body Says Women are key to Fighting Terrorism

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THE International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) has called on the Government and the international community to place respect for women’s and human rights at the heart of their strategy against the Boko Haram.

The Paris, France-based organisation bemoaned that women were among the groups that bore the biggest brunt to the incessant terror the fundamentalist jihadist sect unleashed in the country.

“The fact that they kidnap women is significant of the reactionary, sexist and domineering nature of Boko Haram. The group pushes to its extreme consequences an unacceptable vision of the role of women in society. Our organisation calls on the Government of Nigeria and the international community to include in its fight against Boko Haram political, social and Human Rights considerations” declared Karim Lahidji, FIDH President at the close of the FIDH International Board meeting in Paris on Wednesday.

The meeting came more than two months after the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls at Chibok as well as the latest Boko Haram attack that took place in Maiduguri on Tuesday.

It killed 15 people.

Last month, Boko Haram attacked several isolated villages, including Kummabza (Damboa locality) in the State of Borno, in north-eastern Nigeria, and reportedly abducted around another 60 women and girls, and 31 young boys. With this new attack, the number of women abducted during the last two months reaches 250, over 300 persons in all, FIDH stated.

Alice Mogwe, FIDH Secretary General said respect for human rights in the fight against Boko Haram was essential for the long term elimination of the causes of terrorism.

“Ensuring respect for women’s rights and the economic development of the regions where the sect is active would contribute to the eventual cessation of Boko Haram’s activities,” she said.

FIDH said it would continue to raise the issue of Boko Haram’s crimes with Nigeria and the international community.

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Kemi Wale-Olaitan

Kemi is a retired broadcaster from the service of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria; while in service, she had her interest in women issues and had interviews with several notable women in the course of her duty as a producer in the service of the Federal government. Her interest in broadcasting was informed by her creative writing prowess; she has been very active in creative writing since her undergraduate days, and she has written a few fictional works in form of short stories and novel. Some of her short stories have appeared in anthologies of Short stories. Kemi was also very active in the establishment of the Women Writers Association of Nigeria (WRITA) and she served on its first Executive Council.

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