‘Women are raped, abused without legal or social recourse’

-Laureate Gbowee laments vices in Liberia

Laureate Gbowee

By Olando Testimony Zeongar

Nobel Laureate Laymah Roberta Gbowee has lamented what she described as the raping, abuse, and mistreatments of women without any legal or social recourse in the country, indicating that in present day Liberia, “older men and women are sexually involved with girls and boys significantly younger than them without a hint of remorse.

Gbowee, who in a Facebook post made these assertions in response to a question arising from a recent meeting, regarding what will Liberians love about their country in 10 years from now, noted that unlike in times past, when such vices and ills took place, they were considered abnormal, currently, they are normalized and accepted.

She intoned that the question about what Liberians would love about Liberia in 10 years, made her sad and teary-eyed because according to her, she had no immediate response and didn’t want her answer to be hypothetical, but averred that she couldn’t help but think about the current state of the country and how a difference a decade might make.

“Although it is easy to begin by reflecting upon governmental corruption, we need to take a long hard look at who we are presently before envisioning the future. Over time our nation has become the breeding ground for a lot of ills and vices,” Gbowee further lamented.

Hear Laureate Gbowee: “Women are raped, abused, and mistreated without any legal or social recourse. Eighteen years since the silencing of guns, we continue to blame our violent past for our recent shortcomings. I have learned that to solve a query, one must first accept and admit to the presenting problems.”

She bemoaned drug addiction among young Liberians, stating, “Drug addiction has overtaken about a quarter of a million of our youths. Every community has a drug den or two.”

She intoned that the country’s school systems are barely functional, and that in Liberia, the teaching profession has been relegated to a place where she claims it has become a side hustle.

Gbowee continued: “The health system, where the oath to save and preserve lives is flippantly regarded. Depending on one’s status in society, their medical record may be subject to social media postings without considering the subsequent impact on the individual or their family.”

She heavily descended on the Judiciary, intimating that the country’s legal system functions primarily for those who can bribe their way to a favorable decision, adding, “Justice exists mainly for the rich and powerful.”

Gbowee did not spare the religious setting in her critique of how the Liberian society has deteriorated, stressing that “Honors in our religious communities are priced and bestowed upon the highest bidder.”

She pointed out that although several Liberians today believe that the core of Liberia’s problems lies with government operations, many regular citizens remain culpable of some of the acts she mentioned earlier, indicating, “We continue to naively refuse to accept that we are contributing to the problems in our country.”

Therefore, she wants all Liberians to take what she called a long look in the mirror as they ask themselves: “What will we love about Liberia in 10 years?”