Ghanaian and Nigerian women have joined forces to hit the streets in protest against sexual harassment of women in both countries.
Women in Ghana and Nigeria have mobilized to march in both countries in disapproval of violence committed against women.
The march, which began in Nigeria is expected to move to Ghana on May 11, 2019, later in London and other countries in the coming weeks.
Led by the Ghana-Nigeria community, the women are protesting in both countries and later in London against sexual harassment of women.
According to the women, this was inspired by the arrest and manhandling of several young women by the police in Abuja on Friday, May 3, 2019.
They say the first point of call following the arrest should have been to protect the women.
While several reports disclosed that the women were arrested at different night clubs in the late hours of the night after allegations that they were prostitutes, the community in Nigeria expressed anger and displeasure at the mistreatment.
The women, who were arrested and detained for several days were taken to a mobile court and allegedly pressured to plead guilty to charges of prostitution on the spot.
Several of the women have been sentenced to one-month imprisonment with an option to pay a N3,000 fine.
Some of the victims of the arrest narrated their ordeal stating that while some were set free after offering the police officers money. Those who could not afford to pay were allegedly assaulted.
The new edition to the women’s march with hashtag #sayhernameNigeria started on May 4 in Nigeria and scheduled to take place in Accra on Saturday May 11, 2019.
After the Accra protest, another street protest will take place in Nigeria and later in London.
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