Check out these tweets from women testifying to the impact of #MarketMarchYaba

Last week Saturday, a group of women marched into the popular Yaba market to protest against the perennial sexual harassment women face in the marketplace. A movement pioneered by feminist Damilola Marcus, these women were joined by male allies and held placards, shouting into megaphones and shaking the status quo with their collective, impassioned voices. The hashtag #MarketMarchYaba burned into social media with resilient fury, clips of the march going viral and showing the familiar antagonism, derision, and condescension from men, male traders whose first impulse when they see a woman in the market is to touch her inappropriately.

This, of course, stems from male entitlement reinforced by patriarchy, and the first outing of the #MarketMarch movement and its tangible impact is indicative of a paradigm shift. Already, I have been seeing tweets from women thanking the movement, going unharassed or left alone as they went to Yaba market after the protest. Reportedly, more market protests have been slated for next year and a revolution has just begun.

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