Rep. Clyde's "Bring Back Our Girls" Resolution Adopted By Ohio House With Unanimous Vote
HR 439 urges support for U.S. efforts to safely return kidnapped Nigerian girls
June 03, 2014
 
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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) on Tuesday announced the unanimous adoption of House Resolution 439, co-sponsored by Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville). The resolution supports the efforts of the United States government to aid in the safe return of nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian school girls. The resolution was adopted without opposition by the House by a vote of 92 to 0.


“These young girls were bravely seeking an education despite the grave dangers of doing so. As in so many parts of the world, girls’ education is seen as a major threat and the barriers to education are profound,” said Rep. Clyde. “Our legislature has historically weighed in on issues of national and international importance, and it pleases me to know that bipartisan support exists for giving due attention to the struggles girls and women face around the world.”


On the night of April 14, militants from a terrorist group kidnapped nearly 300 teenage girls from their school in rural Nigeria to be sold on the marriage market in neighboring countries. “Boko Haram,” the name of this terrorist group, translates roughly to “Western education is sin.” This violent and oppressive organization has been actively attacking Nigerians and kidnapping Western tourists to stop the spread of Western culture in Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger.


After receiving little mention by the international media for weeks, the world’s attention has turned to the efforts to save Nigeria’s kidnapped girls thanks in large part to a social media campaign employing the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. The United Nations has since called for the safe return of the girls to their families.


“The rights of girls and women to education are continually under attack, and our legislature has a responsibility to bring attention to these incredibly important issues,” said Rep. Clyde. “The world is watching.”


 

 
 
 
  
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