Women's Bantabaa aspiration is always to tell a story that has never been told and bring a story to public that are always waving the flag of freedom yet standby silently with the concerning situation of the people, their narratives, their perspectives, their understanding of the world around them, without feeling that they are constantly defending their religious and cultural identity.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Gambians Rise for Justice
Amie Bojan-Sissoho leading the procession
One Billion Rising For Justice, an event being
held around world turned out a moment filled with emotions and joy under the
unnoticed hot and typical African burning sun in The Gambia, demanding justice
in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation and domestic violence.
Done in a style, The Gambia commemorated the event with a procession and symposium at TANGO offices where
hundreds of people women, men, youth groups, institutions and school children
rose up to dance, singing very emotional songs.
One Billion Rising for Justice is a
global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather
safely outside places where they are entitled to justice. Places
like courthouses, police stations, government offices, school
administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military
courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places.
Gambia, GAMCOTRAP, a woman’s right NGO, who have over the years been very
active and effective in the promotion of women and children’s rights lead the
activity. The organisation is well known for its stance against harmful
cultural practices particularly those that relates to Female Genital Mutilation
(FGM), and other discriminatory early practices. They joined the global
energy to strike, dance and rise against Violence against women calling for an
end to FGM, marriage and other gender discriminatory practices affecting women
Members of the High Table
in their fields, in the market place, in the sea, in the gardens in their
various works of life, are rising for their voices to be heard,” Mary Small of GAMCOTRAP.
More than a billion men and women are rising in
different countries with hope of uniting all voices in the fight to stop
violence against women.
“Realizing that it will take many years to overturn
these challenges, it is justified for The Gambia to rise for justice, and for
survivors to dance for justice, and sing for justice,” Mary Small said.” It is
not just the general public that blames these victims but this hostility finds
its way into the criminal justice system, in the attitudes of some police,
prosecutors and juries.”
V-Day promotes creative events to increase awareness.
It hopes to generate broader attention for the fight to stop violence against
women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation
(FGM), and sex slavery.
According to the organisers of One Billion Rising, one
in three women on the planet are raped or beaten during their life so one
billion mothers, daughters, sisters, colleagues and friends are amongst the
victims. And this according to Fatou Kinteh of UNFPA is a major obstacle to
women’s advancement, in which is itself a human rights abuse.
“A battered woman who has suffered bodily harm cannot
participate in various development activities. A young girl who is forced to
marry an older man of different generation will be faced with continuous
adjustments due to the mismatch which may impede her opportunities for
development,” She said.
the executive Director of TANGO, an association of non-governmental organization,
the rising is not celebrating but demanding for basic rights. ‘We have quite
number of challenges, and it is you and me who have to fight for the injustice and bad governance,”
Amie Bojang Sissoho and Madi Jobarteh
who chaired the occasion made several presentation on the significant of the
V-Day and why women should say no injustice.
“This is part of the worldwide movement led by Eve
Ensler to say No to Violence against Women and to bring attention to the one
billion women who suffer different forms of violence.” Amie Said
The event was not only entertaining but an educative one.
The poems, dramas, monologue on FGM and songs sang at the occasion have answers
for V-Day, global activist movement founded by Eve Ensler, a
journalist and writer for 15 years.
February globally, is valentine day, a day whent lovers renew their
love, commitment. .The women and men
strike, dance and RISE to support bring an end to violence against women once
and for all.