Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
In the 2016-2017 academic year, I researched the transnational advocacy campaign #BringBackOurGirls, which was created in response to the kidnapping of 276 girls from Chibok, Nigeria by the Boko Haram. Boko Haram has committed many atrocities from 2011 to the present. However, the broader humanitarian crisis did not receive nearly as much attention as the kidnappings of the Chibok girls. Therefore, we must ask, why this is the case
This thesis contributes to the literature by introducing a theory of event adoption to describe the relationship between an event-based advocacy campaign and Transnational Advocacy Networks. My research seeks to understand how the campaign was able to gain international support and leverage pressure on the Nigerian government. To do this, I explored factors related to the Chibok kidnappings and the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign. I researched transnational advocacy literature, digital activism, and the Global War on Terror to explore the relationship between the #BringBackOurGirls campaign and Transnational Advocacy Networks.
Shehu, Halima, ""Why Girls?": A Content Analysis of the #BringBackOurGirls Movement and the Transnational Significance of the Chibok Girls" (2017). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 1020.
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