Our kids should no more become fodder or “collateral damage” of the war

The following is a joint statement from Aware Girls and CRY, UNOY member organisation in Pakistan based in Peshawar:

16th December, 2014 is a black day for us. The terrorist organisaiton “Tehreel-e-Taliban Pakistan” attacked a private School killing 132 Children and nine staff members, leaving thousands traumatized. It wasn’t just one School kept hostage by Taliban, the whole country has been kept hostage by the militants for more than a decade, more than 400 Schools have been destroyed by their Taliban and thousands of innocent citizens have been killed.

We condemn Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the  militant organization responsible for this massacre.  We are aware that this massacre didn’t happen in vacuum, it is result of the weak state policies towards the militancy and terrorism in Pakistan despite of huge national budget spending on military and defense.

Our children should no more  become fodder or  “collateral damage” of the war. We do not call for more violence and more war, we call for peace and justice. We call for addressing the root causes of terrorism and militancy in Pakistan. We call for changing the policies and state priorities so that terrorism can be curbed. There should be no space in Pakistan for militant groups, Taliban apologists, unregulated madrassas which promote militancy, or hate speech in the School Curriculum.

It’s time to speak up against violence and terrorism, our silence will perpetuate more violence.  We will continue to work with more commitment and strength for countering violent extremism in Pakistan. Lets stop glorifying violence and death in the name of national security, religion or nationalism. Violence and silence over violence can never be justified. Today, Peshawar counts among the top 10 most dangerous countries of the world, we ask governments civil society and international community to collaborate for making it one of the safest city of the world.

For the original article sources, please click here:

Aware Girls: http://goo.gl/pNtYY6

UNOY: http://goo.gl/x7SanF

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Calling all Asian girls: Help the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.

At the end of last month (April), Nigeria’s militant group “Boko Haram “(which means Western education is sin) kidnapped more than two hundred 16 to 18 year-old female student in Nigeria, just because they thought girls should not accept Western education. These girls are likely to be sold cheaply to neighbouring countries, and be forced into marriage or sex trafficking. There are only 50 students who were able to escape on their own; the government did not rescue any other girls. However, this incident is not a one-off event; “Boko Haram ” has killed thousands of people, mainly targetting students in Nigeria. Following the large-scale abduction, Boko Haram continues to kidnap students. This incident has caused international outrage. And the petition #BringBackOurGirls was created and have been jointly signed by many people (e.g. Amnesty). This is to call for the governments from Nigeria, European countries and the USA to take action to save the students.

Internationally, there are support from many politicians, well-known public figures, and celebrities, e.g. British Prime Minister David Cameron, the U.S. president’s wife Michelle Obama, Hollywood celebrities Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Emma Watson. Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway has been seen on the street with the company of her husband, holding loud speakers, in response to the # BringBackOurGirls movement.

The international protests and processions are all in response to mums whose daughters were abducted in Nigeria, and the angry people from Nigeria. This is an outcry, in request for the global community to be united in order to bring back the girls.

Today, female students have raised the idea of a march of school girls in every city and town, all around the world on the 22nd of May (this Thursday), in response to the abduction of 273 Nigerian students. With 230 still missing, this march also a promotes children’s’ right to education and personal security! (http://bringbackourgirls.us/school-girl-march/)

Please tell your friends, tell your family, and tell your school.

In addition to signing a petition or joining a march, you can create your own campaign and send the photo(s) to Asian Girl Campaign so that we can assist you in promoting your message. (https://www.facebook.com/girlflygoh)

For more information, see www.BringBackOurGirls.us website

Caption: Students of the Burwood Girl’s High School of Australia supporting the abducted students in Nigeria

Caption: Students of the Burwood Girl’s High School of Australia supporting the abducted students in Nigeria

#BringBackOurGirls marches on the 22nd of May, calling all female students

#BringBackOurGirls marches on the 22nd of May, calling all female students

Hollywood celebrity Anne Hathaway responding to the abduction on the street

Hollywood celebrity Anne Hathaway responding to the abduction on the street

The students of the Balboa Academy in the Republic of Panama: Would you notice if I/we were missing?

The students of the Balboa Academy in the Republic of Panama: Would you notice if I/we were missing?

The Garden of Hope Foundation responding to the abduction: Criticizing any action to assault the right of education and personal security for girls, and demanding the extremist group “Boko Haram” to release the abducted girls immediately.

The Garden of Hope Foundation responding to the abduction: Criticizing any action to assault the right of education and personal security for girls, and demanding the extremist group “Boko Haram” to release the abducted girls immediately.