“Is the Virus a Thief?” Togolese Women and State Violence in a time of COVID-19

*By Marius Kothor

Ph.D. Student, Yale University

Togo's Eliane Amegah (2nd L) holds a Togolese national flag on September 20, 2012 in Lome as she joins several thousand women dressed in red to march in the capital in the latest string of protests by a group demanding sweeping political reform. Men and youths joined the march organised by the women's wing of Let's Save Togo, an opposition and civil society coalition that has called on Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe to resign. AFP PHOTO / Daniel Hayduk (Photo credit should read Daniel Hayduk/AFP/GettyImages
Image credit: Daniel Hayduk/AFP/GettyImages

On April 2nd, 2020, the government of Togo