Ógra Shinn Féin will be holding a short vigil on Wednesday 14th May at 1pm at the Guildhall to raise awareness of the ongoing plight of 276 schoolgirls between the ages of 15-18 who have been kidnapped by Islamist extremist in Nigeria. #BringBackOurGirls
Speaking ahead of the vigil, Chairperson of Ógra Shinn Féin in Derry Michael McCrossan said it is important to support the right of women throughout the world to education.
“We are calling for the immediate and unconditional release of these schoolgirls and I would urge everyone, particularly women to support Wednesday’s vigil,” said Michael McCrossan.
“The kidnappers have vowed to sell these children into slavery and we must do all in our power to send them a message that the international community is abhorred by their actions.”
And said he was concerned it has taken the international community so long to respond to the kidnapping.
“This mass kidnapping happened more than four weeks ago yet the international community is only beginning to respond now,”
“The kidnappings send out a very disturbing message about the value of women in the developing world. It also poses a very serious threat to the basic universal right of women to education.
“It’s important that we send out a clear message from Derry of our solidarity with the schoolchildren and our disgust at the actions of the kidnappers and ask people to come along at 1pm ,lunchtime on Wednesday 14th May outside the Guildhall for a short vigil .”