Red Card to Violence against Women
This has been long overdue! Its half time now, Africans Rising wants to give this vice a RED CARD. We must win! Please help to end Sexual Assault and Rape by donating to the Red Card to Violence Against Women Convening in The Gambia
Red Card Sexual Assault and Rape by Donating
Sexual assault and rape have been for years problematic in many African societies. It is noticed that perpetrators commit sexual assault and rape to dominate, exert power over, and hurt victims. In fact, Yayah Jammeh, former president of The Gambia currently in Equatorial Guinea, left power under constraints of a popular revolution (#Gambiahasdecided). He is accused of many crimes against humanity under his dictatorship but one that no one talks about involves the July 22nd Beauty Pageant that President Jammeh introduced in 2007. Contestants for the Pageant were drawn from different schools and communities, and the President gave scholarships to the winners of the competition as a form of motivation and empowerment. In June 2019, a courageous young woman, Toufah Jallow, the winner of the Beauty Pageant in 2014 July 22nd, came forward to accuse President Jammeh of raping her on the eve of Ramadan at the State House instead of giving her the scholarship she won in the competition. He used state apparatus, including the Ministry of Education, to select girls for the contest based on their beauty, intelligence, entrepreneurship, expression, etc, and among these selected girls, he chose his victims of rape.
Africans Rising stands in solidarity with Toufah Jallow and with all the women’s movements against rape and violence against women (VAW). Not only do we choose to believe her, but also to work with her to expose several people who rape young women and girls in The Gambia. To address the scourge, Africans Rising, jointly with The Toufah Foundation, plans to organise a women’s convening against rape in Banjul. The convening is an opportunity to Panfricanise the fight against rape and sexual assault across Africa and in the Diaspora through raising awareness about this plague and advancing strategies to advocate and take actions against this scourge. The convening will also be an occasion to celebrate women from the region who work tirelessly in their communities to uplift women and girls. This event will be held in conjunction with the “Invisible Giants”, a celebration of women’s efforts for women’s liberation and representation. The expected outcomes are to: identify and promote a comprehensive understanding of the current Gambian laws on violence, and to provide policy options to plug loopholes and implementation obstacles. The convening aims to compare different countries’ situations and laws against rape and violence against women; give visibility to the movements against violence against women and strengthen solidarity among them; concretize an action point to map out vulnerable regions to conduct community outreach programs; and develop language committees tasked with engaging linguistic experts from various.