70 women in Nigeria were recently imprisoned for “clubbing” and “prostitution” after being assaulted by police men in Abuja. On a video that is currently circulating on Twitter, Nigerian police men can be heard telling the women that they must either pay 5000 naira each or commit sexual acts for their freedom. These arrests are just one set of incidents that make up a much larger problem.
Through the Eyes of African Women, Market March, the Stand to End Rape Initiative, We Will Not Be Silent and As Equals Africa have formed a coalition to organise peaceful protests against police brutality. Our goal is. to advocate for justice for the survivors of combat the problem of police violence, particularly towards women.
Here's all you need to know about tomorrow's protests.
We're holding two protests this Saturday, one in Abuja and another in Lagos.
Unfortunately, we've had to change the venues between yesterday and now. The new venues are as follows.
10am, May 4th.Assembling at Old Parade Ground, Area 10
Old Parade Ground is just of Off Muhammadu Buhari Way, Area 10, Garki.
Why Old Parade Ground? It's very close to the Police Command Abuja. (The State Police Headquarters) and we want to take our voices directly to them.
10am, May 4th. Assembling at Old Secretariat Rd, Ikeja GRA
Old Secretariat Rd is just of Off Oba Akinjobi Way, Ikeja GRA.
Why Old Secretariat? It's the link road to the Lagos State Police Command (The State Police Headquarters) and we want to take our voices directly to them.
You can volunteer. We need you! if you're in Abuja and would like to help in any way you can please send a D.M to @marcelle_umar
Why are we protesting? We're protesting against police violence against women, we're protesting to bring awareness to the specific issues women face in the hands of unlawful and unjust police and law enforcement agents, we're protesting against sex for bail, We are protesting against unlawful arrest, we're protesting against sexual assault of women in police custody, we're protesting against the culture of assault on arrested women, AND most importantly we're protesting in light of #AbujaRaidOnWomen, every single one of the women must be compensated, the raids must stop and stop for good and the perpetrators brought to justice.
Her today could be me tomorrow. We all can do something if we're not silent! Join us tomorrow and use your voices to tell those in authority that we will not be violated anymore.
Are there any special requirements? is are only women allowed to join? NO, this is a women's issue and women issues are human issues. Everyone is welcome, just come in your black tees/shirts determined to have your voice heard.