The mere thought of going to some markets in Nigeria can be terrifying. No thanks to some of the male traders, who in the name of calling customers pull your clothes, touch you inappropriately and hurl abusive words at you.
While this is common in Lagos, many women have complained about the same thing happening in their different states. In fact, some women are used to the abuse that they have found a coping mechanism for themselves.
In a bid to put an end to these harassment, Damilola Marcus decided to start Market March, an initiative aimed at empowering women to feel safe when at the markets to do their shopping. It is aimed at calling the attention of market sellers to the grievances of buyers, especially women.
The 2018 Market March will take place at Yaba Market on the 15th Of December.
@MarketMarch is an initiative that I have started to combat sexual misconduct at markets.
Sexual harassment & bullying at markets is a great evil we have normalized & this must change. Women must feel safe in the most public of spaces; the market. No touching! No groping! Enough! pic.twitter.com/EXx9FSO8Ly
— Gender Warrior (@OmogeDami) October 20, 2018
Come December 15th, young women are coming out to peacefully protest in Yaba market as they share their sad experiences of sexual harassment and bullying in the market space.
Bravo! I am rooting for you. I hated going to Tejuoso Market because I'd always come home feeling violated from the pulling, the dragging, the total disregard for my body and personal space. When it happens often enough, you start to wonder if your body is really yours. 😢 https://t.co/nUynUySGfb
— Lọlá Shónẹ́yìn (@lolashoneyin) October 20, 2018
One time at Yaba grabbed my hand and said to my "your toto go sweet fuck" I looked back at him and told him he was stupid and his fellow male traders said "wetin dey your body? No be your type den they rape for corner" https://t.co/gE37WWWJFw
— seyi oyewole (@victoria_oy) October 21, 2018
Going to Balogun or worse Yaba always leaves me feeling dirty from all the unsolicited grabbing and touching yet niggas will say it's all bants.
'Afterall, no be you go marry yasef..' 😔😠
I firmly support the end of this horrible behavior. https://t.co/iNEyswC0Pm
— ɛʝ (@Ngorr_) October 20, 2018
Proud of this. During my return trip to Nigeria, I was (weirdly) astonished by the insults hurled at me & rape comments thrown my away because of a clothing. Terrifying things. Do not know how one could deal with that on a daily basis. Power to everyone participating. I’m with u!
— F3mininja (@f3mininja) October 21, 2018
I have been called "ashewo boy" numerous times by those swines at yaba and one time someone even tapped my ass. When do we march plis? https://t.co/xeIFKmU1oL
— udeme✌🏽 (@ladejobi_) October 21, 2018
This is more than terrible. I attend unilag, therefore I’ve regular visits to yaba to get the campus shuttle.The touching, the words spoken to you when you ignore. This shouldn’t be normal, and everyone chooses to ignore like you’re overreacting if you feel different about this.
— Praise_Nwandu (@AweleNwandu) October 21, 2018
Seyi, you legit need to dress up like woman and walk into Yaba.
"Make I suck your breast now"
"If I slap you! Person no fit talk to you"
"Why you day shout, you be virgin?"
— Renike (@iamrenike) October 21, 2018
We now condole this harassment and use it as a standard to measure strength and ability for a person to adapt to a place. “If you can’t take small touch, you no fit live for this Lagos”. How on earth does it even make you weak standing against it? This is our society today, sad!
— Praise_Nwandu (@AweleNwandu) October 21, 2018
Last time I went to Yaba market , this guy was explicitly explaining how he would “catch me on mouka foam” . The previous time before that this man grabbed me by the waist because he wanted to show me his chinoes🙂. I’m definitely in for this walk https://t.co/GjvevCITLD
— Cassandra Collins (@cassy_collins_) October 22, 2018
I burst out in tears the first time I went to yaba, I have never been harassed like that before so I couldn't handle the dragging, touching,crazy remarks like "na virgin you be?" na orobo I like for bed"ure boyfrien dey enjoy" I felt violated and broke down at some point. https://t.co/kDdvwhrvTs
— Moromoke💛💛 (@mo_romoke) October 22, 2018
These women shared experiences from when they were young and it is sad to note that this harassment have been going on for a long time. Sadly, young girls still experience this till date.
Oh Lord esp yaba. I remember when I was in sec sch, one yaba male trader grabbed my breasts, I cried n screamed and his exact words were "na today be d first time we den don press your breast before all this queens college girls" I was so mad n cried home.
— Queen of Ikorodu (@Okhainewe) October 22, 2018
Really young girls, as young as primary school haven’t been exempted from the sexual harassment at markets! This is not okay. pic.twitter.com/ED6dBj9XUR
— MarketMarch (@MarketMarch) October 22, 2018
I was 11 when a man grabbed me in Yaba. He literally yanked me from my mum's side. When my mum screamed at him, he asked "madam, na you go marry am?" The rest of the male traders just laughed. The women commented, "na so im dey do." https://t.co/qJVZ9gIvKx
— Bolanle Adisa (@Bolanl3) October 22, 2018
It’s about that time. One man was touching my breast at the Beach Market in Calabar South. I was just 11. I didn’t even know. Since it was crowded and we were on a queue walking out of the market. It was an elderly woman who saw him. She didn’t hesitate to strike him with her bag https://t.co/cOH5JJROhn
— Nelly Ating (@NellyAting) October 23, 2018
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