Women Organising in Fragility and Conflict: Lessons from the #BringBackOurGirls Movement, Nigeria

Published on 7 December 2021

This article examines when and how movements crystallise into long-term programmes of action in fragile and conflict-affected societies where state–society relations are weak and government is considered to be unresponsive. We use the case of the #BBOG movement, one of Nigeria’s intense social media-driven and women led action, to examine the mix of pressures it faced, its characteristics, and strategies in situations of fragility, conflict, and closed political spaces. We identify four key strategies that the #BBOG has deployed to keep members coming, garner international support and sympathy, keep pressure on the elite in a safe manner for the movement members, and ensure an independent funding regime for durability and impact.

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Atela, M.; Ojebode, A.; Makokha, R.; Otieno, M and Aina, T. (2021) Women Organising in Fragility and Conflict: Lessons from the #BringBackOurGirls Movement, Nigeria, Gender & Development, 29:2-3, 313-334, DOI: 10.1080/13552074.2021.1979323

 

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