SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

#BringBack OurGirls - The Kidnapping of the Chibok Girls: Five Years On

Bulama Bukarti, Dr Elizabeth Pearson, Prof Fareda Banda, Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode

Date: 19 March 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 19 March 2019Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: DLT

Type of Event: Panel Discussion


A panel discussion at SOAS University of London with leading academics and experts in the field of gender, conflict and international law will examine the gendered nature of the Boko Haram conflict to explore how and why they are using these tactics and how we can tackle them going forward.

Discussion topic:

Boko Haram and the Chibok Girls: mass kidnappings, gender-based violence and the rise of Islamic extremism in West Africa


Bulama Bukarti: Analyst at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, where he leads the team’s work on sub-Saharan Africa. Bulama has studied extreme groups in Africa, in particular Boko Haram, for over a decade. He is also a PhD candidate at SOAS.

Dr Elizabeth Pearson: Lecturer specialising in gender and extremism at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University


Professor Fareda Banda: Chair of the Centre for African Studies and Professor of Law at SOAS University of London specialising in the human rights of women, rights of children, alternative dispute resolution, law, society and development in Africa and legal systems of Asia and Africa


Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode: Co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, CEO of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation and PhD scholar with a focus on gender-based violence in the Boko Haram conflict, at SOAS, University of London.

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