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Women’s Participation In Energy Sector Equals Empowerment

Women’s Participation In Energy Sector Equals Empowerment

 Aïssata Ba, the 45-year-old widow and mother of seven children, has been practising market gardening for the past 30 years in Lompoul Sur Mer village in the Niayes area of north-west Senegal. For many women in the village, endowed with fertile soil and favourable climate, it is the primary source of income throughout the year. […]

Senegal Opens West Africa’s First Big Wind Farm In Push For Renewables

Senegal Opens West Africa’s First Big Wind Farm In Push For Renewables

 With the wind farm, Senegal will get 30% of its energy from clean sources, in a push to cut its dependence on fossil fuels Senegal inaugurated the first large-scale wind farm in West Africa on Monday, a facility that will supply nearly a sixth of the country’s power when it reaches full capacity later this […]

Senegal’s Start-Up Act To Boost Female-Led Business In First for West Africa

Senegal’s Start-Up Act To Boost Female-Led Business In First for West Africa

Dozens of Senegalese start-ups have launched in recent years, though many have struggled to grow Senegal’s start-up scene is dominated by men, the laws are complex and the taxes are high – all reasons why talented businesswomen from the West African nation shy away from creating companies, said entrepreneur Seynabou Thiam. “They tell themselves: ‘It’s […]

Senegal Turns To Eco-Farming To Protect Food Supply As Climate Changes

Senegal Turns To Eco-Farming To Protect Food Supply As Climate Changes

Senegal aims to transition toward eco-farming on a national scale to protect its food supply from the effects of climate change, the agriculture minister said on Thursday. Increasing droughts and rising temperatures have taken a toll on crop production across West Africa’s Sahel region, adding to the stresses of a growing population and land overuse. […]

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 […]

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