The AFL-CIO joins the global labor movement in denouncing the recent abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by extremists in Nigeria. This horrific crime reflects both the continuing use of gender-based violence as a tool of subjugation and political control and the ongoing exploitation of children in armed conflict. The AFL-CIO is very concerned by the ongoing attempts by extremist organizations to deny women and children their right to a good education.
AFT President Randi Weingarten said in a statement, "Education is the path out of poverty, and all children—girls included—deserve the opportunity to attend school and secure a high-quality education....All eyes of the world are watching to make sure everything humanly possible is being done to find the girls, and to ensure that no more are kidnapped and that the abductors are found."
The AFL-CIO joins with the AFT and Education International in urging people to take photos holding a sign saying #BringBackOurGirls and to post the photos on http://aftunion.tumblr.com/submit.