Behind closed doors, domestic violence is a serious issue made worse as women around the world are locked at home due to COVID. But that’s not the only threat women of Northeastern Nigeria contend with; they also face the threat of Boko Haram kidnappings.
Escape means freedom—but not an end to the trial. Many former captives come home only to be rejected by their communities. These women must process deep trauma, support themselves, and somehow resume life. The challenge is bleak.
But they’re not alone. Meet two extraordinary Nigerian women who are changing the story.
Fatima Asikira, a former Searcher, runs Borno Women Development Initiative, which focuses on social justice and education for girls and women—specifically former captives of Boko Haram. Fatima Bultu is a female radio host who gives airtime for women to talk about human rights, health, and welcoming former captives into the community.
Both Fatimas have dedicated their lives to empowering girls and women in the face of violence. There’s a lot that we can learn.
Join us Thursday, July 16th for a live discussion and Q&A from the audience. We’ll be taking your questions on Facebook Live.