Made Equal was invited to attend the All Party Parliamentary Group Nigeria meeting and question-and-answer panel held at the House of Commons on 13 May 2014. The panel, chaired by Meg Hillier MP, included Elizabeth Donnelly of Chatham House’s Africa Programme, Dr C. U. Gwam of the High Commission for Nigeria and Debbie Ariyo of AFRUCA. The discussion centred around the abduction of 230 girls from their school in Chibok in northeaster Nigeria on 14 April the same year. The APPG has covered a number of issues including the history, ideology and resurgence of Boko Haram, Nigerian and international positions on the group and responses to the abductions as well as evaluating the tragedy within the wider trend of violence perpetrated by Boko Haram targeting women and children. Within the Q&A section Made Equal representatives asked the following questions:
1. Does anyone – including the Nigerian government – know exactly how many girls are missing?
2. Are there plans in place to ring-fence British aid to Nigeria in order to directly tackle Boko Haram and help find the girls?
For reflections and additional questions as well as a more detailed overview of the APPG please read more here.
Made Equal was instrumental in organising one of the biggest demonstrations in London in the immediate aftermath of the kidnapping and launched a petition urging the UK government to act constructively in the recovery of the girls. Although strides have been made in the recovery of other abductees, the girls from Chibok continue to be missing.