On Saturday, May 3, I attended the BringBackOurGirls campaign rally in Toronto at Dundas Square, with other protestors seeking to bring attention to the kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria. Because my city is a melting pot of many different cultures, some of the attendees were born and raised in Nigeria and had an intimate knowledge of the social struggles young girls are facing there. Hearing them speak was eye-opening because it revealed that the entire situation is far more layered and complex than I previously thought.
This is not simply about 276 young women who’ve been abducted by some crazy Islamic fundamentalists. There are some deep-seeded roadblocks to safety from the poorest communities to the highest office in that land. After researching Nigeria, I’ve come to realize the big problem with the #BringOurGirlsBack campaign: There’s no system in place to protect young girls in Nigeria.