May 13, 2014
Re: Resolution 74 Calling For Return of Nigerian Women
Yesterday, the Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 74, which calls for the immediate action to locate and safely return the young women abducted in Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
The resolution also urges all county and municipal governments in the State to pass a resolution calling for the immediate and safe return of the young women abducted in Nigeria by Boko Haram.
In addition, the resolution:
(1) Expresses strong support for the people of Nigeria, especially the parents and families of the young women abducted by Boko Haram;
(2) Recognizes that every individual, regardless of gender, should have the opportunity to pursue an education without fear of discrimination or violence, and encourages the government of Nigeria to strengthen efforts to protect the ability of children to safely obtain an education;
(3) Supports offers of United States assistance to the government of Nigeria in the search for these abducted young women, and encourages the government of Nigeria to work with the United States and other governments to ensure the safe and swift rescue of the young women; and
(4) Encourages the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development to continue their support of initiatives that promote and protect the human rights, safety, and welfare of women and girls in Nigeria.
The resolution calls upon other local government entities to echo support for the rescue efforts by passing a resolution calling for the immediate and safe return of those abducted.
A copy of the resolution for your consideration is available at www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/SR/74_I1.PDF
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.