Help Close the Gender Gap in Senegal
With a population of 13.6 million, Senegal is one of
the most populous countries in western Africa. Unfortunately, 54 percent of
Senegalese people live in poverty, and with almost 60 percent of the population
under the age of 20, many children and youths face serious challenges. ChildFund has
worked in Senegal since 1985, and although we have accomplished a great deal
in the past 28 years, some problems persist, including gender inequality.
Achieving a Balance
Poverty is a complex
problem that affects many different aspects of everyday life. From inadequate
sanitation to limited educational opportunities, poverty affects every community
differently, but for young women and girls living in poor regions, the
challenges can be greater. In some areas, women are seen as second-class
citizens, given no choice about the direction of their lives and often deprived
of education. According to UNICEF, Senegal has
one of the lowest rates of girls' primary school enrollment in the
has improved in recent years. According to the World Bank, Senegal's GDP grew
by 2.6 percent in 2011, but many women do not have access to the same
opportunities as men. USAID has also worked in Senegal for many years, and
improving women's access to agricultural equipment and helping
women purchase land are among USAID's main priorities.
As an international
development organization that focuses on children, ChildFund is committed to
ensuring children have access to the educational opportunities they need to
acquire vital skills like basic literacy. This is even more important for girls
and young women living in Senegal so that they can live independent lives as
adults, but things are improving.
According to the World
Bank, Senegal's current legislature is among the most gender-balanced in the
world, with women
holding 43 percent of assembly seats. This shows a commitment to addressing
gender inequality and sends a message that women's voices should be heard.
Thanks to the generosity
of our supporters, we have been able to provide vital training opportunities to
young women and children through 27 literacy centers across Senegal. In
addition, we have enabled girls to acquire crucial skills through our network of
38 teenage skills training centers, and improved conditions in 72 kindergartens
and 120 primary schools across the country.
Senegal is a nation in
transition. Please help us continue to improve the lives of women and girls
across the country by sponsoring
a child in Senegal in Senegal. Your support will open doors for children in
need across Senegal.