Violence against women and girls remains a development issue that has its root both in the persisting gender-inequality enabled by the patriarchal construction of structures and the perception of a society informed by beliefs. The year 2020 marked twenty-five years post the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and while women’s movements around the world called for the assessment of the progress achieved so far, the world was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic in Nigeria like in many countries revealed the fragility in several systems ranging from the health sector to the economy. More importantly, the pandemic affirmed our distance from a world where women’s rights are guaranteed and more women excelling as equal partners as the pandemic exposed a worrying increase in incidents of sexual and gender-based violence.