#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS FUNDRAISER FOR AMESTY INTERNATIONAL
MOVIE EVENT AT THE CHAUVEL CINEMA
This event has been initiated to support Amnesty’s work to end gender-based violence globally and urge Congress to take action on the International Violence Against Women Act. This event aims to raise $10,000 in support of Amnesty's #bringbackourgirls campaign.
The evening will showcase the inspirational feature length documentary "I am a GIRL" an inspirational. The film paints a clear picture of the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century. Directed by Rebecca Barry, it is also an extraordinary example to other Australian women that they too can power change.
Tanya Plibersek, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, will speak on how we can assist in preventing gender-based violence and Ming Yu, Amnesty International women's rights campaigner, will speak on Amensty's current international projects in this field.
COST: Tickets are $50 (non-refundable) and include a drink on arrival.
On April 14, 243 school girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria by the Islamist armed terrorist group Boko Haram.
Nigerian authorities need to know that the world stands with the girls families in demanding their immediate release. Their rights, and the rights of all of Nigeria's children, to education and to be protected from violence must be safeguarded!
Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights abuses and a global epidemic. It knows no national or cultural barriers and affects millions of women and girls in peacetime and conflict.
Violence against women and girls destabilizes countries, impedes economic progress, and prevents women from raising healthy children, contributing to the household and their community, and creating better lives for themselves and their families.
We are aiming to raise $10,000 for the purposes of assisting the girls once located and returned. We also hope through this event to remind both the Australian public and the Prime Minister that something must be done to stop gender-based violence globally.
The $10,000 will be donated to Amnesty International. Amnesty International is an organisation that works to end gender-based violence globally and have people on the ground in Nigeria (http://bringbackourgirls.tumblr.com/).
See our FB page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/bringbackourgirlssydneyevent
Here’s what you can do:
1. Contact the Nigerian High Commission in Canberra at www.nigeria-can.org.au/ . This is the most direct source of contact for Australian citizens to the Nigerian Government. On the bottom left hand of this page, you will find a “Quick Contact” box. Enter your name and email, and copy and paste the text below. Do it daily if you like – the more often the better. Feel free to send a variation of this:
Dear Ambassador Ayo Olukanni,
I write as a citizen of Australia to urge you to use your influence to work towards the safe rescue of schoolgirls recently abducted in Nigeria, and the ongoing security of their families.
As a global citizen and a believer in the rights of all children to education and security, I urge you to convey to your government the Australian citizenry’s concern over the actions of Boko Haram. As stated by Navi Pillay (U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights), the Nigerian Government has a “legal responsibility to ensure that girls and boys have the fundamental right to education and to be protected from violence, persecution and intimidation”. Please convey this reminder to the Nigerian President.
I implore you to insist on greater accountability from the Nigerian Government on its actions to rescue these girls and other victims of Boko Haram.
(If you are keen, you can send the same message through the same page to Mrs. Aisha U. Dewa – Senior Councellor/Political, Culture, Information and Education).
2.Tweet Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) and Bill Shorten (@BillShortenMP). Tell him that as an Australian you are concerned about this issue, and that you would like Australia to join other nations in assisting where possible.