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Leader Of Boko Haram Vows To Sell Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls

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The leader of Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group responsible for kidnapping hundreds schoolgirls from their Nigerian boarding school, has vowed the girls will be sold.

Between 200 and 300 teenagers were kidnapped at gunpoint from their school in mid-April by Boko Haram, which opposes education for women and girls. Some of the girls managed to escape; the rest were hauled into the woods, where they have been held ever since. Relatives of the girls have been claiming the girls are being sold as sex slaves, which Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau all but confirmed.

In a video message, Skekau took responsibility for the kidnapping. According to the AFP, he said, ”Western education should end. Girls, you should go and get married. I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah.” No one quite knows where the girls are located right now, but they are reportedly being sold to religious extremists and trafficked to Chad and Cameroon, neighboring countries in Africa. Keep reading »

Nigerian Women March To Urge Government To Act On 230 Kidnapped Schoolgirls

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  • Nearly 500 women marched through Abuja, Nigeria, to press the government to the seek the release of 230 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, a group of Islamic militants, two weeks ago. Boko Haram, which doesn’t believe in educating women, kidnapped the students from their boarding school in the middle of the night; four students were able to escape. Today, the protesters marched to deliver a letter to the government urging them to do anything necessary to secure the girls’ release. Relatives are claiming the girls, who are teens, have been sold as “brides” — i.e. sex slaves — to members of Boko Haram for $12. [BBC, Washington Post]
  • Historical examples of gaslighting. [The Maude]
  • Samantha Stendal and Aaron Blanton, students at the University of Oregon, won a Peabody Award for their 25-second-long anti-rape video that went viral in 2013. Congratulations! [Oregon Live] Keep reading »

5 Things To Know About Nigeria’s 234 Abducted Schoolgirls

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It’s been two weeks since 234 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped from their school and they are no closer to being found. The kidnapping is believed to be orchestrated by a group of Islamist militants called Boko Haram (whose name translates to “Western Education Is Sine”), though they have yet to claim responsibility for the mass abduction. Boko Haram has ties to Al Qaeda and is especially opposed to education for girls.

The girls, ages 15-18, were kidnapped at gunpoint on April 16 when militants stormed the Government Girls’ Secondary School boarding school in Chibok, in the rural northeastern state of Borno. Their school was the only one still open in the area; all other nearby schools were closed due to security threats. Despite the presence of guards, the girls were taken at gunpoint, loaded into trucks and carted off to the nearby Sambisa forest. Not much has been done by Nigerian security leaders to ensure the girls’ rescue, and their families have received little information.

It’s a tragic, gut-wrenching story that we wish was getting more international attention from world leaders. Here are five essential things to know about the kidnapping. Keep reading »

New Survey Illustrates What Different Countries Think About How Muslim Women Should Cover Up

  • Check out this interesting chart from the Pew Research Center illustrating the results of a new survey that asked respondents in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and other countries which woman “is dressed most appropriately.” The study found that participants preferred that women cover their hair, but not always their face. [Pew Research Center via Foreign Policy]
  • The brother of a Planned Parenthood receptionist who was murdered by anti-abortion extremists inside her clinic is headed to the Supreme Court next week to argue on behalf of buffer zones outside of clinics. [Boston Globe]
  • The former Florida State student allegedly sexually assaulted by Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston announced plans on Monday to file a civil lawsuit against the football player and the Tallahassee Police Department. Florida declined to charge Jameis Winston after he was accused of sexually assaulting the student at a party in 2012. [The Root] Keep reading »

Pool Accommodates Muslim Women, Fox News Frets About Sharia Law

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  • Fox News has predictably idiotic things to say about a Midwestern swimming facility that will accommodate Muslim women by closing the pool to men for one-hour per day. SHARIA LAW IS COMING FOR US ALL! [Think Progress]
  • MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry wrote up the consummate readers’ syllabus on Black feminism. [MSNBC]
  • Also, this weekend, Harris-Perry read an open letter to Angela Corey, the Florida State Attorney responsible for putting Marissa Alexander in jail. Alexander fired a gun into the air when she was being attacked by her abusive ex-husband — for this, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Alexander was released on bond in time for Thanksgiving and is awaiting a new trial. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Sudanese Woman Faces Flogging For Not Covering Her Hair

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  • Amira Osman Hamed of Sudan will go to trial on September 19 and face a possible flogging sentence for refusing to cover her hair in public. Hamed, 35, is Muslim and refuses to cover herself with a hijab veil. She was stopped on the street by a police officer in August and her refusal to put on a veil lead to an indecency charge. [MSN]
  • Heyo, sports fans: Make sure not to miss the PBS “American Masters” profile tonight on groundbreaking tennis player Billie Jean King. [After Ellen]
  • Following this weekend’s Titshare debacle at TechCrunch Disrupt, an app designer explains why she’s done defending sexism in tech. [Business Insider]
  • On Oprah, Oscars, and Hollywood’s “sassy Black lady” problem.” [The Atlantic]
  • On abortion, miscarriage, and a woman’s right to have feelings about both. [Tablet] Keep reading »
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