CHICAGO (CBS) — It was an inspiring morning for Chicago women as the Women in the World breakfast was held at the Museum of Broadcast Communications on State Street.
One of the speakers at the breakfast was The Women in the World breakfast was Obiageli Ezekwesili, a Nigerian activist who spoke about the “Bring Back Our Girls” movement and terrorism around the world.
Ezekwesili sat down with Kate Sullivan to talk about the worldwide social media movement that she founded.
It has been one year and one month since 270 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram.
“I retweeted and I tweeted help us to demand to bring back our girls,” Ezekwesili said.
Ezekwesili learned the power of words and social media when her hashtag #bringbackourgirls went worldwide.
First Lady Michelle Obama joined women and men around the globe who retweeted and spread her desperate cry for help.
That cry was heard in Chicago as protestors did not give up on girls that lived half a world away, stolen as pawns in terrorists’ hands.
“I was shocked beyond belief. I imagined those girls as my daughters,” Ezekwesili said.
The fate of those girls is still unknown and Obigaeli vows to continue the fight and never give up.
“The most important thing we have when we don’t have the power to act is our voice,” she said.
It is believed in 2014, 2,000 women were kidnapped by Boko Haram. Some are thought to be dead, raped or sold into sexual slavery.