The biggest threat to women and girls are in the world’s war zones and refugee camps.
“These are places where going to school, buying groceries or leaving your face uncovered can result in detention, assault or even death,” explained humanitarian Samantha Nutt.
Four years ago, this month, 276 school girls were kidnapped in northeastern Nigeria by Boko Haram. This brutal tactic of intimidation and cruelty has also been carried out by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, who kidnapped over 6,000 young Yazidi girls. They were then sold into sex trafficking or auctioned off in groups.
These kinds of attacks don’t just deny women their present, it denies them their future, because it makes parents wary to send their daughters to school or have them wander alone. But, despite all if this, there are still teachers, activists, lawyers, and future professionals who are bravely standing up against the patriarchy.
In order to support these women and aid in the fight against these inhumane acts, Nutt encourages supporting organizations that work directly with local women at the frontlines of these crises.
“We can ‘big tent’ our feminism, and what I mean here is that our activism on women’s issues, it shouldn’t and with our friends, nor should it end at our borders,” she explained. “Let’s make sure we share those stories. These global stories of hardship but triumph against the abuse of women and girls throughout the world.”