By Lisa Schlein Original text in All Africa
We are associated with Rebecca since Mission 21 supported her studies until her doctorate. In addition, she is a committed member of the Nigerian Partner Church of Mission 21.
Rebecca Dali has won the prestigious Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation award for her work in re-integrating women and orphans abducted by Boko Haram militants into their home communities. Rebecca’s husband, Reverend Samuel Dali, was president of the Church of the Brethren, which was attended by most of the 276 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014. The award was presented at a ceremony Monday commemorating World Humanitarian Day (August 19) at the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva.
“Rebecca Dali is a very courageous woman in a corner in Africa, in northeastern Nigeria, who is doing work under very difficult circumstances… (She) did a tremendous job in re-establishing dialogue and reconciliation to get these girls back into their communities, to get them back where they came from and that they can continue with their life again,” said Anne Willem Bijleveld, the chairman of the board of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation.
“In our society, women are not dignified. Even if their husbands are killed, then the family usually will take away all the things that they own (…) So, in the Boko Haram, they are double victimized. So, I train these widows in my Livelihood Centers. (…) They are stigmatized. People rejected them. Their husbands rejected them. The society rejected them. Their parents sometimes reject them”“Then, we go and lobby in the society among the local people, so that they will allow them to stay in the society”