If you haven't yet heard about the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria on April 16, well, it's not entirely surprising. The mass abduction, conducted by the Boko Haram terror group in opposition to the education of females, has been widely treated as a non-story by the media. Now, the world is speaking out.
Behold, the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag, which is taking over social media worldwide. Protestors are hoping that the outcry will put pressure on Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan to step up efforts to rescue the girls. Hopefully, it will also put this important story on the front page, where it belongs.
Ahead, a selection of the movement's most powerful images. They're equal parts beautiful, empowering, and heartbreaking. Here's hoping the increasing global pressure hits its mark.