'The abductions are an indication that African governments should develop statutory instruments that protect women and girls during conflict situation'
Human Rights group Katswe Sistahood, in collaboration with other civic society groups in the country, staged a march in Harare Thursday protesting the continued holding of Nigerian school girls in captivity by Islamist group Boko Haram, who abducted the girls a month ago from a boarding school in Chibok.
Katswe Sisterhood director Talent Jumo says the abductions are an indication that African governments should develop statutory instruments that protect women and girls during conflict situations, as outlined in the 2013 United Nations declarations.
Mehluli Dube, executive director for Artists for Democracy in Zimbabwe Trust, and board member of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition took part in today’s march.
Dube tells reporter Sithandekile Mhlanga the civic groups petitioned the African Union and other African bodies to scale up rescue efforts for the missing girls, so that they are found unharmed within at least a month.