One of Gambia’s leading women’s rights activists, Sirra Ndow, has said that the time to keep silent about sexual violence is over, and sex abusers will now be exposed.
“We want to bring the issue of sexual violence upfront and make sure that people are aware of what is happening,” she told this medium during an exclusive interview.
Last Thursday, Sirra Ndow was among hundreds of Gambians who stormed Kairaba Avenue to call for the end of rape and other forms of sexual abuses women are confronted with. She even delivered a powerful speech at the Youth Monument, calling renowned activist turned Vice-President, Dr. Isatou Touray, for failing to show up for the march-past.
She went further to say that it is high time for perpetrators of sexual assault to be brought to justice.
“We’ve started and we will not stop,” she added in what appeared to warning sent to recalcitrants.
Since Human Rights Watch (HRW) broke out the story about Yahya Jammeh’s alleged rape victims, more women are overcoming their trauma and start telling their story.
Sirra Ndow also took the opportunity to indicate that they have come a long way since 2007 when they began internationalising the plight of Gambian women.
She unveiled the website (speakupgambia.com) that has become a platform for victims of sexual violence.
Reacting to the wave of rape deniers that continues to throw shade on victims, she downplayed their impact and said they are on denial.
“This is a real problem. We know it is real and we will continue to ignore the critics,” Sirra Ndow emphasized.
Written by Abdoulie John
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