Silence on the Lambs: The Abducted Chibok Schoolgirls in Nigeria and the Challenge to UNSCR 1325

The abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria by Boko Haram is being analysed in this policy brief. It explores how the kidnapping represents some of the challenges with operationalising United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. It also recommends the strengthening of the implementation of the resolution in internal conflicts with the participation of women, as learned from the Chibok case. This policy brief argues that women who took charge of the campaign sought to fulfil the vision of UNSCR 1325 to increase women’s representation “at all decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflict”.