- Published on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:21
- Written by By Dr. Roz Roach
Sociology is known to be the understanding of social life. It is also meant to be the study of human behaviours. However, when social life and human behaviour interface, we are left with trying to dissect or analyze the outcomes and reasons behind why societies uphold skewed values and beliefs and why an entire nation adheres to such systems with few questions asked.
In Liberia, a large percentage of victims of gender-based violence prevails. With this knowledge and understanding, it is safe to say that there is also a large percentage of perpetrators. In this form of violence, victims are girls and women and perpetrators are men.
UNICEF claims that due to Liberia’s weak justice system, pervasive poverty, and lack of economic activity and opportunities, the country is vulnerable to gender-based violence. The central component that is missing from this claim is the root cause of gender-based violence. Gender-based violence, which at times is referred to as “violence against women” and “gendered violence”, occurs because of the victims’ gender. In simpler terms, violence against women is a crime committed by men and inflicted upon women. This crime is committed only because the victim is a woman and female. In a post-war era, as in the case of Liberia, guns appear to be down and the penises appear to be elevated. The control and abuse of power becomes more evident because of the nation’s inherent belief that men are superior and women are inferior. This belief trickles down from generation to generation and the arrival of the war has only amplified it. In Liberia, it is clearly known and recognized that the patriarchal system governs the matriarchal. Boys are brought up to be tough, dominant and sexually aggressive while girls are seen as passive, without a voice and the property of men. Women often express a deep sense of dispossession and it plays out in their day-to-day life. Their voices waver even when casually interacting with other women, as they are molded to be silent and conditioned to be invisible.
Clearly, the bomb of gender-based violence continues to explode, leaving the nation to deal with mass trauma. But the question that begs an answer is: “why do men rape women?” My son posed this question to me one day and I stumbled to respond. This question is not accompanied by an easy and readily available response because there are so many sociological and analytical components to explain and understand.
This question begins to be answered throughout the body of this article but it only touches the tip of the iceberg. This question has many answers but one answer that is definitely not true is the naïve assumption that “she asked for it”. It is so easy to blame the victim and deliver senseless answers that conveniently support a corrupted belief system. The way a woman or girl dresses, speaks or behaves does not justify the demented concept that for these reasons, a female deserves to have violence inflicted upon her. Needless to say, in a truly liberated and free nation, a female’s biological anatomy should not condemn her to a lifetime of fear and violence.
So the conversation continues, “why do men rape women?”
- Published on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 08:05
- Written by AFRICANGLOBE
Nigeria's National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, said it will produce the first Nigerian astronaut in 2015.
Image Construction Of Institutions Of Higher Learning In Africa, University Of Liberia, A Classic Example
- Published on Friday, 01 March 2013 12:03
- Written by The News
With the advent of the coup that ended the True Whig Party (T.W.P.) Government of the Republic of Liberia, the standard and image of Educational Institutions in Liberia went crumbling down.
- Published on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 08:50
- Written by Mohammed El-dust Fahnbulleh Email: email@example.com
Long years ago, our forefathers brought forth this nation now called Liberia as the first nation on the continent of Africa. The nation conceived in liberty. Our forefathers dedicated their efforts to equality for all.
- Published on Monday, 18 February 2013 13:38
- Written by Culled from BBC, February 16, 2013
A fall in the proportion of gay and bisexual men using condoms is behind the rise in HIV infections in those groups in the UK, researchers say.
- Published on Monday, 18 March 2013 08:50
- Written by Jesse Z.G. Fahngon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Even when the House of Representatives try to show its might and some toughness, charging with contempt and demanding the Executive to dismiss contemnors, things still do not turn out right for this “supposed to be” honorable body.
- Published on Thursday, 07 February 2013 07:05
- Written by Culled From NDI-Liberia newsletter
In 2012, the National Democratic Institute (NDI-Liberia) launched Study Investigation Missions as tools for Liberian lawmakers to deepen knowledge on high priority issues of national interest, to analyze contexts while considering legislation, and to strengthen their oversight of the executive branch.
- Published on Monday, 04 March 2013 11:35
- Written by Musue
Why is it that evil deeds cannot be concealed forever? Do the perpetrators know that their deeds will be exposed? Do the victims feel at ease knowing that the truth will come to light?
- Published on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 08:56
- Written by A Concept Paper - By Christopher Z. Neyor
The former President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has crafted a document which accentuates the need to set up a prosper management mechanism for future oil revenue in Liberia.