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Hoda Ali – A Village In Senegal Taught Me How We Can End Female Genital Cutting Globally

Hoda Ali – A Village In Senegal Taught Me How We Can End Female Genital Cutting Globally

Not only have the girls from Keur Simbara not gone through what I went through as a child, but they won’t even know what cutting is I’ve been campaigning for an end to female genital cutting, something I experienced at the age of 7 in my home country of Somalia, for the last 15 years. […]

Macky Sall Wins Another Presidential Term

Macky Sall Wins Another Presidential Term

Senegal’s incumbent president, Macky Sall, has been re-elected for another term. The candidate, standing for the Benno Bokk Yaakar coalition, won 58,27 percent of the votes,  according to provisional results released by the Electoral Commission president, Demba Kandji. This results mean there will be no need for a second-round run-off. The commission said 66.23 percent […]

Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal – Three African Countries Providing Solutions In Fight Against Genital Cutting Of Girls

Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal – Three African Countries Providing Solutions In Fight Against Genital Cutting Of Girls

While Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been declared illegal in some African countries, it still persists. Patrick Egwu in Nigeria, Annie Njanja in Kenya and Mamadou Lamine Ba in Senegal explored what was being done in their countries to stop this age-old discriminatory practice. In African societies, female genital mutilation (FGM) is widespread and deeply […]

The Tale Of Senegal And Adolescent Girls

The Tale Of Senegal And Adolescent Girls

In October 2017, I traveled to a small village in southern Senegal. I was there to investigate persistent allegations of sexual abuse in secondary schools. There I met 16-year-old Aïssatou, who told me that her teacher had approached her at the beginning of the school year. “He told me, ‘What’s your name? Where are you […]

Senegal Reach Nations Cup Quarters, Algeria On The Brink

Senegal Reach Nations Cup Quarters, Algeria On The Brink

Senegal reached the African Nations Cup quarter-finals for the first time in more than a decade after a 2-0 win over Zimbabwe on Thursday ensured the continent’s highest-ranked team would finish top of Group B. Algeria, who were also among the pre-tournament favourites, are on the verge of an early exit, after they were beaten […]

Women Lead Battle To Save Senegal’s Shrinking Farmland

Women Lead Battle To Save Senegal’s Shrinking Farmland

NDIAEL, Senegal (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The women of Thiamene, a tiny straw hut village in northern Senegal, used to scrape together a living by collecting wild baobab fruit and selling milk from their cows. But their earnings have plummeted since an Italian-Senegalese agribusiness, Senhuile, took over the surrounding land five years ago, blocking their […]

Senegal: Major Shift for Women and Adolescent Girls’ Nutrition

Senegal: Major Shift for Women and Adolescent Girls’ Nutrition

 Women and adolescent girls will have many reasons to celebrate with the launch today in Notto Diobass of a program to improve their nutrition status. The Right Start program, managed by the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) and financed by the Government of Canada through a $1.7 million (CAN) grant (766,458,000 FCFA), is designed to tackle anemia head-on, which currently affects […]

Code Club Senegal, Where Women Are Leading The Way

Code Club Senegal, Where Women Are Leading The Way

Buying land to build on in Senegal can be a nightmare. There are plenty of empty-looking plots in desirable areas, but woe betide the novice buyer. Scams abound, and any one plot might have five “owners” – each of whom has paid and thinks it is all theirs. “Not for sale” is scrawled on walls […]

Senegal Presidential adviser to ‘Post’: Female politicians highlight country’s success

Senegal Presidential adviser to ‘Post’: Female politicians highlight country’s success

The Théodore Monod African Art Museum in Dakar, Senegal, is hosting a 30-year exposition and retrospective on photography of African women by photographer Angèle Etoundi Essamba. The photos in black and white and color show women facing many of the struggles of rural life in Africa. Drawing water, paddling a canoe, village life, agriculture. But […]