In different locations all over the world, people are holding protests to call for the end of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
During these protests, people are demanding their right to live freely without being profiled. However, female protesters are announcing incidences of sexual violence from protesters.
Sexual harassment is one of the most prevailing forms of harassment women in Nigeria, and Africa as a whole face. It can happen online or offline. Sexual harassment can happen anywhere: places of worship, institutions of learning and protests.
Unwanted, inappropriate actions towards women or people of any gender should not be condoned. Cat-calling, sexual comments, suggestive words, unwarranted touches, are all examples of sexual harassment.
Women should be allowed to exercise their basic human rights without fear of sexual harassment. They should be able to protest, work, drive, and even walk on the streets without being sexually harassed.
Women should not have to be wary of male protesters during a protest against harassment and violence. We ask that the people be watchful. Protect the women protesters. If you notice any man making a female protester uncomfortable, ring an alarm.