Njundu Drammeh

Sexual Harassment is an abomination and Men should be ashamed that they are the perpetrator

How the powerful use their money, position, authority, influence and celebrity status to abuse, harass, exploit women and girls who trust them, who they are supposed to protect, whose dignity they are supposed to preserved. Such men are a disgrace to humanity and deserve to be locked up in hell. Patriarchy, masculinity and the low status of women we must fight.
Who do such men think they are that they can grope, stalk, harass and rape with impunity? What society would condone such sexual aggression? What work place will not put in place mechanisms to protect women and girls who seek employment from it?
The stories of sexual harassment coming out of America, by the high and mighty and against trusting women, are both chilling and good. Good that the society is believing the women. Good that the women are having the courage to speak out.
I wish some woman or lady will start the #MeToo campaign here in the Gambia, would have the courage to speak out against her sexual harassment by a Chief Executive or human resource manager of that bank or GSM service provider, by the Executive Director of that NGO, by that Permanent Secretary or Minister, by that religious scholar, that powerful man, that teacher, that youth leader, that man who society thinks can do no wrong because he is a philanthropist.
Anecdotal evidence points to quid pro quo sexual harassment in The Gambia as well as hostile work place harassment, sex and love relation for employment. Research evidence show the existence of sexual harassment in our educational institutions, sex for grades and other favours.
But alas, ours is that society which still thinks a woman or girl cannot be raped or sexually molested without her consent; a society that thinks women cannot be trust; a society which regards women as the intemperate temptress who are responsible for the Adam’s gall from grace; a society which places women at the lowest rung of the social ladder; a society which blames the way a woman is dressed and not the abuser or rapist.
That is our society, one in which women are still finding their voice, much more their feet and feelings. That is our society, one which still thinks a woman’s place is at the hearth, on the menu, as follower, a flower to be prized.
That society will not prosper which marginalises, disregards, discriminates, abuses, exploit and rape half its population, half which holds its sky.
Anecdotal evidence points to quid pro quo sexual harassment in The Gambia as well as hostile work place harassment, sex and love relation for employment. Research evidence show the existence of sexual harassment in our educational institutions, sex for grades and other favours.
Women are 51% of our population and female: male ratio is 100:98. You think you can suppress that chunk for Long and prosper?