Nurses' Empathetic, Emphatic Message: Bring Back Our Girls

Hopkins joins chorus demanding kidnapped Nigerian girls' release

Released: 21-May-2014 8:05 AM EDT
Source Newsroom: Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
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Newswise — The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is lending support to the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, a social media campaign to sway public opinion against the radical kidnappers of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls, focus international attention on the act of terrorism, and perhaps save the missing girls and others like them.

This week, new students, current students, and graduates of the School of Nursing (JHSON) shared their concern and their empathy over the fate of the girls, kidnapped in April by the terrorist group Boko Haram, which wants to ban the education of females.

“Here we are, we’ve been so busy with our final exams. And that’s all they wanted. They were there to take their final exams [when kidnappers arrived],” said student leader Emily Dawes of the JHSON Accelerated Class of 2014. (JHSON’s student ranks remain predominantly female, its most gender-diverse class reaching 13 percent male.) “Everyone deserves an education.”

The JHSON effort, which includes a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Grads4BringBackOurGirls), a Tumblr presence, and Twitter dispatches (using the hashtag #Grads4BringBackOurGirls), joins a vocal outpouring that has become a shout in recent weeks. With word that Boko Haram has considered freeing some of the girls--perhaps a sign that the message is being heard--the volume is sure to keep increasing.

Dean Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, applauded the idea of nurses making their voices heard on Bring Back Our Girls and other social issues. "Once again, we are taking a compassionate and leading role in improving the health and well-being of communities worldwide."

What You Can Do

Stand-Up: Make a #Grads4BringBackOurGirls sign to hold or wear on your graduation day.

Spread the Word: Like the page https://www.facebook.com/Grads4BringBackOurGirls. Invite friends to like it, too. Then, post on this page, your Facebook page and Twitter account that you are standing up on graduation day to help Bring Back Our Girls. Encourage others to join you. Make sure to include #Grads4BringBackOurGirls to show your solidarity.

Share Your Picture: Post a graduation day picture of you with your sign to this page, your Facebook page, Twitter, tumblr and Instagram with #Grads4BringBackOurGirls.

Speak Out and Learn More: Contact your U.S. senators & Congressperson to pass the International Violence Against Women Act. And learn more about this issue.


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