A cross-party group of 53 female MPs has condemned the "sickening crimes" which have seen 276 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria and called for the girls to be reunited with their families.
A statement from the MPs, including Women's Ministers Nicky Morgan and Jenny Willott, Equalities Minister Helen Grant MP and shadow equalities minister Gloria De Piero, said:
We, as female MPs, stand with women worldwide in condemning in the strongest possible terms the sickening crimes being perpetrated against schoolgirls in northern Nigeria.
The brutal treatment of girls seeking an education - a right we take for granted for our daughters - demonstrates the cruelty and immorality of this group.
We welcome the work the Government has done already and support continuing work with the Nigerian authorities and international partners to help bring an end to this heartbreaking situation and reunite these girls with their families as soon as possible.