Boko Haram

Boko Haram Frees 21 Schoolgirls Kidnapped In 2014

CP | Ismail Alfa Abdulrahim, The Associated Press | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada

Some 197 girls remain captive, though it is not known how many of them may have died.

49,000 Kids Dying Of Malnutrition Linked To Boko Haram

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada

Nearly a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished in Borno state.

Meet 10 Children With The Courage To Keep Playing

UNICEF Canada | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Impact

The sad reality, however, is that millions of children around the world are deprived of play due to war or natural disaster. On World Play Day, we want you to meet ten children who may have been left with little, but still have the courage to keep playing.

The Children Caught In The Growing Crisis In Africa Must Not Be Forgotten

David Morley | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

The Boko Haram insurgency has triggered one of the fastest growing displacement crises in Africa, which is engulfing northeastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. Communities in neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger have also succumbed to fear, violence and displacement.

Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram Appear In New Video 2 Years Later

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents

The extremists seized 276 girls who had gathered for science exams in the northeast town of Chibok. A total of 219 remain missing.

Scared She May Kill Her Own Family, Girl Abandons Bombing Mission

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada

There were supposed to be three bombers.

My Journey To Creating Access To Decent Work For Women In Africa

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Impact

My life's story has led me on this path to wanting to make access to decent, empowering work available to women through the acquisition of tradeable skills. Decent employment for women is the main escape route out of poverty in Africa, and it strengthens the link between economic growth and aggregate poverty reduction.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun(damental) Human Rights

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Impact

As of 2014, 143 out of 195 countries legally guarantee equality between men and women. I wish I could say that gender equality, or any equality, enforced by the law translates into equality in the minds of people. Deeply rooted problems preventing true parity have been promoted by patriarchy for years, passed on from one generation to another disguised as 'tradition.'

Boko Haram Headquarters Destroyed, Claims Nigerian Military

CP | Michelle Faul, The Associated Press | Posted 03.27.2015 | Canada

ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigeria's military claims it has destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram in Gwoza, a town in northeast Nigeria. It was not possible...

What #Meninism Gets Completely Wrong

Lauren Messervey | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

The heart of #meninism might be valid, but it doesn't remotely reflect the kind of struggle that women throughout the ages have gone through. Let's work a little less on spitting on the real issues and work more on making sure that we're making the changes necessary to ensure that we never have the meninist/feminist conversation again.

When it Comes to the Charlie Hebdo Attacks, There Are No Shades of Grey

Rondi Adamson | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Rondi Adamson

It is a black and white matter. Killing journalists because they write, draw or publish something you deem offensive is wrong, and yes, it is wrong even if the thing you deemed offensive is, objectively speaking, offensive. There are no shades of grey here, no colours, no nuances. None of that is relevant. It matters not if the cartoons were vulgar or sexist, or, as many think, not funny.

The Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram Have Been Gone for 8 Long Months

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

It is time we all joined the UN chief's plea, and once again rallied to #bringbackourgirls from a terrorist organization that knows no bounds to its brutality. Join me as I call on Canada to work with the international community in addressing the ongoing violence threatening innocent women and children in Nigeria.

2014 Was a Tough Year To Be Female

The Purple Fig | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

What kind of year was 2014? It was a tough year to be female. Most of the time I consider myself lucky to be a woman living today rather than one born generations earlier. I marvel at how much easier I have it than my mother and all the women before her. And I am lucky; I have the ability to make choices -- about my education, life partner, reproductive rights and career -- that none of them ever had. Looking back at the year we had, though, wasn't it still way too tough -- too dangerous, even -- to be a woman or a girl in 2014?

Religious Fanatics Are Dragging My City of Peshawar Back to the Dark Ages

Murtaza Haider | Posted 02.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Slowly, but surely, I see my ancestral city die a slow death at the hands of religious fanatics. From Boko Haram in Nigeria, who kidnapped 276 young girls from a school in April 2014, to the TTP, who has repeatedly attacked schoolchildren in Pakistan, the Islamic fundamentalists are systematically attacking schools and students. Their goal is to deprive the future generation of Muslims of education and return them back to the dark ages. It is time for the West to right the wrongs and help save Peshawar from the apocalyptic mercenaries.

Let's Remember #BringBackOurGirls on International Day of the Girl Child

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

October 11th marks the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to promote the rights of girls and address the unique challenges they face. It will also mark the 179th day since more than 270 Nigerian girls were awakened by gunfire and kidnapped from their Chibok boarding school by Boko Haram.

The Complicated History Behind The Formation Of Boko Haram's Caliphate

Udoka Okafor | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada
Udoka Okafor

The news of The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant declaring a caliphate infuriated the international community. But now, how do we understand Boko Haram and deal with their increasingly brutal domination? We must understand them through the ideologies that define them and their history.

The Nigerian Government Is a Greater Threat to its People Than Boko Haram

Udoka Okafor | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada
Udoka Okafor

Corruption is a disease that has infiltrated the fabric of my country, Nigeria. It has become a way of life. Corruption exists, not simply at the human level, but at an institutional level as well. Our political climate and sociocultural narrative is fundamentally shaped by corruption.

How Canada Should Fight Terrorism

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

This week, Canadians observed the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. For Sikh Canadians and Jewish Canadians alike, the Day of Remembrance has particular resonance. That our two communities have shared experience in facing terrorism was pointedly on display during the 2008 Mumbai attack.

Nigeria Must Remain Neutral When It Comes To Religion

Udoka Okafor | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada
Udoka Okafor

Freedom of religion and freedom of conscience are rights that are so fundamental to the maintenance of democratic principles of state that it calls for a fervent protection of the rights of atheists and religious persons, alike. The rights of atheists and the rights of religious persons ought not to entail persecution of said persons.

Blame Human Nature For Boko Haram, Not Islam

Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan

In the United States gruesome murders are common and merit only passing attention. In a shooting spree, also in April, three people were killed at a Jewish community centre near Kansas City. The media did not mention the religion of the accused. Had they been Muslim their religion, and perhaps Muslims in general, would have been maligned.

Boko Haram-Type Groups Exist in Every Muslim Society

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Boko Haram may seem like a remote African tribe that abducts girls, threatens to kill them, and marries them off against their will. Some introspection would reveal that the same tendencies are alive and instrumental in all Muslim societies.

Pray for the Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

With every day that passes, the Nigerian schoolgirls could be moving further into dangerous territory of all kinds. Exploitation like the kinds they may be facing can have intensely disturbing effects on a child's social, emotional cognitive and spiritual well-being -- as well as their long-term development.

Yes, You Can Sell 300 Girls in a Market -- Are We Outraged Yet?

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Josh D. Scheinert

Slavery is real. According to Boko Haram, the terrorist group wreaking havoc in Nigeria, the nearly 300 girls that it abducted from school are to be sold in a market. This is an outrage, an affront to every notion of our individual and shared humanity. But it's only a drop in the bucket.

Canada To Help Find Abducted Nigerian Girls

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - In the messy world of competing international interests, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird decided Wednesday that the fate of hundreds of a...

Can the World Do Anything For the Kidnapped Girls of Nigeria?

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Wayne K. Spear

As I write this, the swell of a Western grassroots outcry against the Nigerian outfit, Boko Haram, appears to be forming across social media. There's a specific aspect of war crimes which it is necessary to emphasize, and that's the use of sexualized violence against women as a tool of war. Can we all agree to stop using the phrase "the forcible sale of women into marriage"? Church bells and nuptials this is not. It's profiteering from rape in a triple currency which is simultaneously economic, military and psychological in nature.