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Why #BringBackOurGirls is actually making a difference for Nigeria

Maria Redin

"Hashtag activism" is one of the most delectable slurs in our modern lexicon. So in theory, the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, aimed at rescuing the Nigerian girls abducted by the Islamist group Boko Haram, should be terrible. Yet, improbably, #BringBackOurGirls has been a qualified success. The girls aren't back, but the hashtag campaign has helped Nigerians make their government, whose inaction is a huge part of the problem, listen to their demands.

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  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Thank you GOOD for sharing so much GOOD and important info. Every Day! Thank you for sharing such a clearly written post about the differences between effective/good activism and ineffective/bad activism with technology # hashtags (read: Western, too simplistic, Not stemming from local grassroots)

    This also applies to thousands of folks mostly from the Western world who wish to "do good" in the developing world (or even close to home) but unfortunately do not take the time to Listen and Learn from Locals first about what is truly needed thereby often not utilizing local talents to partner and proceed.

    Before any of us leap into activism (or volunteerism) it's important to first try and Understand what is happening and to learn about the culture and people we wish to serve.

    Here's to Listening and Learning and then Taking Action.

    Thanks again!