[Press release of African Women’s League, Brussels, 16 May 2014] Following the kidnapping of more than 200 school children in North Nigeria, the African community in Belgium joins hands with sympathisers from all around the world in declaring their solidarity with the families of the missing girls and the people of Nigeria. To this effect, a solidarity rally was organised on Thursday, the 15th of May, 2014 on the grounds of the Nigerian Embassy in Brussels. The organisers requested the African diaspora in Belgium from all walks of life and friends to come together and show that we care about the plight of the abducted girls.
The organisers launched actions both on-line and mouth to mouth, to solicit signatures from the African Diaspora in Belgium, friends and the global community in order to petition the Nigerian government, The African Union, the European Union, the Belgian government and the International Community to do everything possible in their power to make sure the abducted girls are brought back to their families safely.
They requested the Nigerian government to take the threat seriously and ensure that such acts of terrorism are avoided in future. The petitions that have been signed by different members of the African Diaspora and sympathisers were presented to the Nigerian ambassador this Thursday for delivery to the President Goodluck Jonathan.
A delegation, among who EWL President Viviane Teitelbaum, was received by the Embassador of Nigeria in Brussels.
Federation of Anglophone Africans in Belgium (FAAB). This is the National Federation representing the Anglophone African Community and its associations in Belgium.
Union des femmes africaines (including several African women organisations in Belgium). The African women’s league is a Pan-African, non-governmental organisation that promotes visibility of African women and encourages their participation in Social, Cultural, Economic and Political life in Belgium.