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Scoping Review of Social Media Representations and Responses to Sexual Violence during the Covid-19 Lockdown Periods in Sub-Saharan Africa

Oladimeji Ogunoye, Obafemi Awolowo University
Opeyemi O. Ekundayo, Department of Psychology,Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife
Olutoyin Ikuteyijo, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Taofeek Aliyu, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
John Abe, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
Jacob W. Mobolaji, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
Lanre O. Ikuteyijo, Obafemi Awolowo University
Ojo M. Agunbiade, Obafemi Awolowo University/ Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Oluwaseun O. Obasola, University of Ibadan
Akanni I. Akinyemi, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
Gbemisola R. Adeoti, Obafemi Awolowo University

Background: Covid-19 lockdown period was characterized with massive traffic and engagement of social media spaces particularly of some social realities, events and vices. One of such critical issue of topical discussion is sexual violence which generated some reactions on the media spaces across the globe with hash-tags. This scoping review aims at interrogating some of the narratives around sexual violence during Covid-19 in SSA. Method: Published articles will be sourced from Academic search Complete, Sociological abstract, MEDLINE, Social Science Database(all via EBSCOHOST), Web of Science, Google Scholar, WHO Covid-19 Library and ProQuest. Hashtags will be used to source for posts related to sexual violence in sub-Saharan Africa between March 2020 and April 2021 from social media platforms: Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and Instagram. Relevant content will be extracted from published articles and posts about sexual violence occasioned by peculiarities of the Covid-19 pandemic and the engagements of such posts. The posts will be classified by forms and contexts of sexual violence, frequency of occurrence, number of engagements, and types of engagements. Discussion: This is important in understanding the interpretations, reactions and sensitivity of people to sexual violence and also to underpin some of the undercurrent factors of exposure to sexual violence.

Keywords: Inequality, COVID-19, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Big data / Social media

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  Presented in Session 120. COVID-19 and Sexual and Reproductive Health