On March 16, the U.S. Embassy hosted a “Women as Victims of Terrorism” program, the third activity in a weekly series to commemorate Women’s History Month. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Maria E. Brewer opened the program, which focused on the need for the protection and empowerment of women. While women are often the victims of terrorism and other forms of violent extremism, ChargéBrewer also extolled women’s resilience to overcome tragic circumstances.
“We have seen [resilience] with some of the young women who have escaped their Boko Haram kidnappers and are putting their lives back together,” said Mrs. Brewer. “Today’s discussion will not only shed light on the suffering endured by the most vulnerable among us. It must also serve as a call to action about what we can do to alleviate and end this misery,” she added.
The event featured a panel discussion of experts who addressed various human rights and violent extremism issues. Approximately 100 participants dedicated to addressing the challenges faced by women as victims of terrorism interacted with this panel. Among the guests included representatives of the Bring Back Our Girls movement, Adopt-A- Camp, Victims of Violence, Partner West Africa- Nigeria, and other civil society representatives.
Panelists and guests proposed mechanisms for assisting victims of terrorism, most particularly for women and children, such as changing discriminating practices against girl child education and advocating for legislative action to better protect women and children forced to live in camps for internally displaced persons.