Kurdish women in solidarity with Nigerian girls

nijeryalı kayıp kızlarInternational Kurdish Women Movement’s Office in Zurich has released a statement strongly condemning the kidnapping of more than 200 girls in Nigeria and their being threatened with being sold into slavery.

The International Kurdish Women Movement’s Office emphasized that “we consider this attack of some Islamist groups -which show up with slogans such as ‘according to the Islamic ethics’ or ‘against westernization’- as a slaughter against women’s bodies and their will.”

Remarking that only 57 of the girls could be saved so far from the attack threatening their life and free future, the Kurdish Women Movement said: “200 of them are still kept captive. We support the campaign ‘we will take our girls back to stop this atrocity’ which has spread throughout the world calling for urgent action plan.”

The Kurdish Women Movement called on the Kurdish women in particular and all the women in the world in general to display their democratic reaction against these Islamist groups that wander from the essential values of Islam and make them a political material while also reflecting their policy of exploitation of women as a moral extent.

UN Security Council Condemns the kidnappings

The United Nations Security Council also condemned the kidnapping of the school girls by Boko Haram and the massacre that took place in a city in the north east part of the country, Gamboru Ngala on Monday. The adopted UN motion says that these violations “could constitute a crime against humanity and be tried before international justice”. Avoiding to openly mention the International Criminal Court, the statement said the situation of the girls is being followed closely, adding that proper measures are to be taken against Boko Haram.

Slavery continues in the modern world

Slavery continues to haunt the modern world and is evaluated as the best friend of poverty and the greatest enemy of education. There are millions of victims of slavery forced to work only for bread and shelter.

The chair of the Committee against Modern Slavery (CCEM) in France, Sylvie O’Dy, says “Slavery is still continuing all around the world in the 21st century. The Boko Haram incident has however given an appearance to this savagery.”

Remarking that “Millions of people are living under slavery and despair each day” O’Dy adds: “Contrary to the times of transatlantic human trafficking, the determining feature is no longer the colour of the skin or ethnic origin of a person, but rather the vulnerability that causes a total hegemony over a person”.

The French Women Rights Minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkaem strongly condemned the kidnappings saying that; “When a child girl is forced to marry an adult, it is called rape, even repetitive rape. Because it is children being talked about here, this is even called pedophilia”.

30 Million Enslaved

According to a research conducted by Austrian Walk Free Foundation, there are around 29.8 million victims of slavery throughout the world. Published on October 2013, the research reports also include the victims of forced labour, forced sexual exploitation, child soldiers, forced marriages, forced domestic workers. Mauritania where 4 percent of the population lives with slavery status is in the first place of the list of slavery in the world.

Numerically, India comes first with 14 million slaves, despite the fact that slavery was abolished some 40 years ago. According to the Foundation, there are some 3 million slaves in China, 2 million 127 thousand in Pakistan, 701 thousand in Nigeria, 651 thousand in Ethiopia, 516 thousand in Russia, 472 thousand in Thailand, 462 thousand in democratic Congo Republic, 343 thousand in Bangladesh, and 384 thousand in Burma. The report includes western countries as well.

On May 11th, 2014, posted in: KJKONLINE, KJK Agenda by