About the Cause
Nigeria’s most significant youth-led protest movement is sweeping the country of nearly 200 million people. They demand the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, the powerful police squad that has extorted, assaulted and killed Nigerians for years. Now, the police are crushing that very protest, threatening this unique democratic moment.
SARS was formed in 1992 to end the country’s problems of gang crime. Licensed with a broad scope of policing powers and staffed by officers who push that scope even further, it has become synonymous with the very violence it was formed to end. SARS have been known to extort Nigerians for fines, assault those who don’t comply and even perpetrate extrajudicial killings, with few repercussions. Year-on-year promises by government officials to dissolve the controversial group have proved to be empty, with the powerful special police continuing to operate.
Now, those same police are being employed to end the protests that are filling the streets of Lagos and beyond. Nigeria’s democracy is at risk, threatened by a force powerful enough to crush any resistance to government. The people who are bearing the brunt of this are the youths being arrested en masse and are in desperate need of legal help.
The Feminist Coalition is a group of young Nigerian feminists formed in July 2020 with a mission to champion equality for women in Nigerian society with a core focus on education, financial freedom and representation in public office. Our vision is to create a Nigeria where equality for all people is a reality in law and everyday lives. In the context of the #endSARS protests, that takes the form of providing assistance to protestors, including providing legal aid for arrested protestors and paying bail.
Funds donated will be directed to the Feminist Coalition for the provision of legal advice and other assistance to protestors.