SOAS University of London

SOAS to host event on Boko Haram and the Chibok Girls

18 March 2019

The Centre of African Studies at SOAS University will be hosting an event this week on Boko Haram and the Chibok Girls.

Boko Haram and the Chibok Girls: mass kidnappings, gender-based violence and the rise of Islamic extremism in West Africa, will be a panel discussion with leading academics and experts in the field of gender, conflict and international law. The event 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.

Speakers include:

  • 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

The event will be chaired by Professor Fareda Banda, Chair of the Centre for African Studies and Professor of Law at SOAS, 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.

The event will also be moderated by Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, CEO of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation and SOAS PhD scholar with a focus on gender-based violence in the Boko Haram conflict.

The event will be held from 7pm on 19 March. To find out more, visit the event page.