See Reactions To Yaba Market March
On Saturday 15 December 2018, a group of women staged a march at Yaba market in Lagos to protest the sexual harassment and somewhat derogatory sexual slurs that accompany it.
Anybody who patronises popular markets in Lagos Like Oshodi, Yaba, Balogun and Tejuosho markets will be familiar with the incessant touching, catcalls, invasion of personal space, forceful pulling and insults given to visitors to the market especially to women.
These traders see it as a way to woo people for patronage without questioning the rationale behind forcefully pulling someone to wares that are in plain sight.
The market men were not too pleased with the effrontery of women to protest this treatment and reacted violently throwing water and insulting words. Some even chanted, “we must touch.”
Following the Market march, some people have taken to Twitter to react to the boldness and the actions of the traders in Yaba Market.
Even law enforcement are shit! Not once or twice the police van in yaba will sit there and watch men drag me… call me names… they even laugh along….
— IG: bawzz_lady (@Bawzz_lady) December 16, 2018
I will be at yaba tomorrow ,
What I chose to wear,
I will wear .
And if by madness you choose to touch me in order to "sell your market" .You will be shocked at what I will do.
But it will not be attack.
It will be self defense.
— Champagnia💎 (@_jacquelline_) December 16, 2018
We should all boycott yaba market until the authorities do something about this sexual harassment. This rubbish needs to stop. Would this market monster like this to happen to the wives or daughters on daily basis.#MarketMarchYaba#BoycottYabaMarket
— ola aro (@oladee20) December 16, 2018
What is the Yaba Market authorities doing about this? What is the Lagos state government doing about this? When the morons want our votes they act all serious, now enforce laws they are forming like they don't know it is happening. Mtchewwwwww.
— Wrimmie el Magnifico (@OnoviranO) December 16, 2018
Women are protesting the harassment by men in Yaba, and some of you boys are exposing how dumb you are by trying to find a way to put the blame on women.
Be mute, grow silent, close your mouth! Be ashamed!
— Mr. Jack Robinson (@jackdre02) December 16, 2018
While some are of the opinion that there is nothing wrong with the groping because some women actually love the treatment.
So you come here to tell me that you want to be the one to change the WHOLE men trader in #Yaba's orientation! If you don't like the way they woo you to buy their wears, don't forget other women and ladies out there love it!
— HOUSE OF KAL #SilkenBallsMenAssociation (@kalempire) December 16, 2018