Dictator Yayah Jammeh’s regime false propaganda and misinformation about Gambian women’s advancement under his regime is no longer effective. It is indeed erroneous and outright false to state that women are the biggest beneficiaries of this regime in the area of political empowerment, social legislation and educational advancement as the regime and its opportunists want us to believe. The few opportunists women in the regime who have mortgaged their children’s future are the ones enjoying while majority of Gambian women are struggling economically to put food on the table, pay school fees for their children and to pay costly medical bills in our deplorable healthcare system.
Female Gardeners in every part of the country are competing with Dictator Jammeh at the local markets throughout the country. Evidence of such unfair and disadvantage business practice can be found in Serekunda market where women are constantly complaining about president Jammeh’s dominance of the market with his farm produce. rom his countless farms across the country. Current deteriorating economic system has affected women more than any demographic in the Gambia. This is because women bear greatest burden of providing for their families both in the rural areas as well as urban centers. In rural areas women engage in horticulture or village gardening during dry seasons to provide supplemental income for their families while those in urban centers engage in small businesses in various markets. Gambian women today are living and experiencing worst economic condition than never before. Women are the most productive contributors to the Gambian economy and this has been demonstrated in areas of agricutural productivity, small business and entrepreneurship. This contributions does not translate to better economic conditions for women because of bad economic policies and the regime’s total disregard towellbeing of Gambian people. These productive bases of our economy are nearly totally collapsing today. It is therefore fallacious and outright dishonest to state that Gambian women are tje biggest beneficiaries of this regime when the majority of biggest the citizens are worst off under this regime except those who enjoy preferential treatment in securing high paying jobs due to nepotism and loyalty. In fact, Gambian women are the number one victim of this regime because of poor economic growth, corrupt mercenary judiciary system and overall disastrous social injustices and political oppression. The impact of failed economic policies, corrupt mercenary judiciary system and political witch hunt can be classified as economic destruction of families, psychologically terrorising families’ well being and destruction of fundamental fabric of society.
Impunity and total disregard for rule of laws becomes daily life as evidence by countless disappearances, murder, unlawful arrest, mismanagement and absolute corruption.
In terms of Incompetent, corrupt and mercenary judiciary system in the country, more women are now heading households because of massive illegal imprisonment, politically motivated detention and other constitutional violations of rights of husbands, uncles and brothers. Family dynamic and relationship becomes severely affected. Children grew up without fathers at home. Fatherly love and care are non-existence in the family homes. Wives become sole breadwinners and the support system from distance relatives hardly comes by because of fear of association with the victims to avoid collective punishment which the regime is known for. Today majority of Jammeh’s victims and their families are isolated socially by neighbors and disassociated by so-called friends during their illegal detention, imprisonment and disappearances.
The psychological effects of such barbarian system in our country has significant impact on women’s mental health which leads to depression, anxiety, trauma, insomnia and physical suffering resulting from the burden of family care-giving and responsibility.
The impact of the regime’s human rights violations in terms of murder, illegal detention, unfair termination of employment also has enormous economic consequences on families economic well being. The financial hardship of victim’s family or lack of money to pay school fees result to numerous children being drop out of school. All these negative impact on the families also causes significantly huge social problems in terms of drug use, teen pregnancy, back way menace to Europe and other unproductive behaviors which are detriment to the advancement of the families and societal at large. Therefore, the destruction of fundamental fabric of our society (families and young people) becomes the ultimate result of the regime’s dictatorial rule, bad economic policies and corrupt mercenary judiciary system.
From the above analysis, it can therefore be concluded that Gambian women are worst off today than in 1994 when the gang of semi-literate, indiscipline and poorly trained soldiers overthrew democratically elected government.