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Event Date: October 15, 2015 at 2 pm EST/ 7 pm WAT

BringBackOurGirls: Everything You Want to Know

On October 15, 2015, ACT4 hosted a global discussion on the one and a half year anniversary of the kidnapping of 276 girls from their school in Chibok, Nigeria. Panelsists included Bukky Shonibare (Adopt-A-Camp and BBOG Abuja), R. Evon Idahosa (Pathfinders Justice Initiative), Emmanuel Ogebe (Human Rights Attorney), and Adotei Akwei (Amnesty International USA).

The panelists:
Bukky Shonibare of Adopt-A-Camp and BBOG Abuja

Bukky Shonibare is a strategic team member of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign (Abuja, Nigeria). She founded and coordinates Adopt-A-Camp, an initiative that assists Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Northeast, Nigeria (http://adoptacamp.org.ng/). Bukky is currently running a Master’s programme in Managing Peace and Security in Africa while being a member of working groups of international bodies like the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS – Resolution 1325) with the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA); the Early Warning and Rapid Response initiative with ECOWAS; and Humanitarians Actions and Natural Disasters Support (HANDS) Operations with the African Union.

R. Evon Idahosa of Pathefinders Justice Initative, Inc.

R. Evon Idahosa is the founder and Executive Director of Pathfinders Justice Initiative, Inc., an international NGO which seeks justice for survivors of child sex abuse and sex trafficking in the developing world. She is a trained English Barrister and an American lawyer who worked as a partner in a national defense law firm in New York for over a decade before venturing full time into activism on behalf of women and girls. As a native of Nigeria, Ms. Idahosa is particularly passionate about addressing the shrouded issues of child sex abuse, sex trafficking (modern day slavery) and gender based violence in the developing world because of her compelling commitment to the liberation of women in developing countries. Her passion and compassion are geared towards developing a generation of women who stand confident in who they are, what they bring to the table and what they can achieve. She is a firm believer that if you can empower a woman and engage men as allies for gender justice, you can change any society. Ms. Idahosa is a dynamic speaker and published writer whose voice echoes thousands of young voices via PathFinders’ #TakeMeOffMute (anti-child sex abuse) and #Not4Sale (anti-sex trafficking) campaigns. An organizer of #BringBackOurGirls New York, she has been named as one of New York’s New Abolitionists (www.newyorksnewabolitionists.com) and been nationally recognized for her efforts in seeking an end to gender based violence in Nigeria.

Adotei Akwei of Amnesty International USA

Adotei Akwei is Managing Director for Government Relations for Amnesty International USA. Before rejoining AIUSA, Adotei was the Deputy Director for Government Relations, for CARE USA. As Deputy he worked on Climate Change, Emergencies, Countries in Conflict and Micro-finance in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to taking this position he served as Regional Advocacy Advisor for CARE’s Asia Regional Management Unit, where he supported CARE country offices in the development and implementation of national level advocacy strategies, as well as helping develop and implement regional advocacy priorities. Before joining CARE, Mr. Akwei worked with Amnesty International USA for 11 years, first as the senior Advocacy Director for Africa and then later as Director of Campaigns. Mr. Akwei also served as the Africa Director for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, now Human Rights First, and as the Research and Human Rights Director for the American Committee on Africa and the Africa Fund. Mr. Akwei received his Masters in International Relations from the College of William and Mary and his Bachelors from the State University of New York College at Purchase.

Emmanuel Ogebe, ESQ

Emmanuel Ogebe is an international human rights lawyer specializing on Africa. He also doubles as special counsel for the Justice for Jos Project. Mr. Ogebe has testified before the US Congress’ Africa subcommittee and was instrumental to the International Criminal Court’s decision to examine Boko Haram for crimes against humanity. Mr. Ogebe current works to place some of the escaped Chibok girls and other Boko Haram victims in safe schools.

Nathan Hosler of Church of the Brethren

Nathan Hosler is the Coordinator in the Church of the Brethren’s Office of Public Witness in Washington DC and the Ecumenical Peace Coordinator for the National Council of Churches. Before coming to DC, Nathan and his wife, Jennifer, were engaged in peacebuilding work with the Church of the Brethren in northern Nigeria for two years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Languages and a Master of Arts in International Relations.

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