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Ploumen, UNICEF and International Alert in a protest march against kidnappings in Nigeria

Minister Ploumen , Foreign Trade and Development minister in the Netherlands is joining International Women today in The Hague to draw attention to the girls and women who have been victims of Boko Haram in Nigeria says the spokesperson for the Minister,
Together with students, representatives of UNICEF Netherlands and International Alert is the minister taking part in this protest march to launch the campaign #FutureforOurGirls.

Lilianne Ploumen

Minister Ploumen joins call for better treatment of victims of Boko Haram

Ploumen: "It is important that we remember the thousands of girls and women abducted by Boko Haram. For the past two years, an initiative tagged ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ are ongoing. Fortunately, there are women and girls who escaped from Boko Haram attacks but they seem to have been forgotten. Good news, you might think but tragically, we gathers it is very different with them because they are not accepted by their families, mistrusted by their communities and seen as 'infected'. "

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Mrs. Florence Ozor: Still fighting for the return of the girls

Special guest is Mrs. Florence Ozor, one of the initiators of the campaign #Bringbackourgirls who first called international attention to the abducted girls and women. With #FutureforOurGirls, it brings attention to the liberated women and how to help them secure a better future after their ordeals. The Netherlands through its organization is offering support (financial support), making it the fifth donor of humanitarian aid to Nigeria. In addition, funds are also being made available for international organizations such as UNICEF and International Alert to help these women and children in Nigeria.

"Violence against women and girls in Nigeria is a gross violation of human rights. This must stop, "said Jan Bouke Wijbrandi, director of UNICEF Netherlands. “UNICEF is committed to helping victims recover with psychosocial support and medical care. We also ensure that girls go to school as quickly as possible. "

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Jan Bouke Wijbrandi, director of UNICEF Netherlands
Harriet Lamb of International Alert: "Women and girls who need our support survived Boko Haram. But we must help communities to overcome their fear. So that they can help women rebuild their lives and accept their children. As religious leaders in Nigeria say only with compassion and forgiveness to heal the scars of conflict. "

The march begins 10:30 am at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bezuidenhoutseweg 67 and will end at the headquarters of UNICEF Netherlands, where Ploumen and Harriet Lamb of International Alert led by Jorgen Raymann with the students engage in dialogue. The Nigerian campaign manager #Bringbackourgirls, Florence Ozor will also be present.

On women and girls in Nigeria, UNICEF and International Alert published this report:

http://www.international-alert.org/sites/default/files/Nigeria_BadBlood_EN_2016.pdf

Note for editors, not for publication:
Press please apply at Erwin Buter, Press Officer Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Erwin.Buter@minbuza.nl or 06-52751023.
More information about International Alert: Julia Karlysheva Tel: +44 (0) 7570812207 jkarlysheva@international-alert.org
More information about UNICEF: Laura Westendorp: lwestendorp@unicef.nl

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