I am delighted to learn that the Nigerian government has successfully negotiated with Boko Haram for the release of the 200 girls kidnapped several months ago as part of a cease fire deal. Though many Nigerians are skeptical, there is some cause for cautious optimism. Read more about the deal and international reaction in this BBC article, or at the change.org petition site. Their return is a result of the efforts of their families, and folks around the world who were outraged, and put pressure on international leaders to #bringbackourgirls!
I am holding a good thought for their safe return and healing from what must have been a terrifying and traumatic experience, and I hope that this event serves to further illuminate the struggle for gender equality throughout the world. Read more about the organization, Bring Back Our Girls at their site: http://bringbackourgirls.us