Senegal

At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 #72
Gender Inequality Index2 0.528
HDI Ranking3 #170
Political Participation
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 42.67%
Women in Parliament ranking #6
Women at ministerial level (ranking) 20.6% (#40)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1945/1945

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At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 #72
Gender Inequality Index2 0.528
HDI Ranking3 #170
Political Participation
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 42.67%
Women in Parliament ranking #6
Women at ministerial level (ranking) 20.6% (#40)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1945/1945
Overview
Government Republic
Total population 14 million
GDP per capita (PPP) $2,500
HDI ranking3 #170
Population under age 15 42%
Urban population 44%
Internet users 22%
Languages French (official), Wolof, Pulaar, Jola, Mandinka

Indices Political Participation

 

Sources (January 2013): CIA World Factbook, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Internet World Stats, MDG Info 2010, Quota Project, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNICEF ChildInfo , UNICEF State of the World's Children 2011, United Nations Development Project Human Development Reports, World Economic Forum, World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Database. 1.The World Economic Forum's Gender Gap index assesses how well countries divide resources and opportunities amongs male and female populations in four areas: economic participation and opportunity (salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment), educational attainment (access to basic and higher level education), health and survival (life expectancy and sex ratio), and political empowerment (representation in decision-making structures). 2. The UNDP's Gender Inequality Index is designed to reveal the extent to which national human development achievements are eroded by gender inequality. It is a composite measure reflecting inequality in achievements between women and men in three dimensions: reproductive health (maternal mortality ratio and adolescent fertility rate), empowerment (share of parliamentary seats, and secondary and higher education attainment levels) and the labour market (women's participation in the work force). It varies between zero (when women and men fare equally) and one (when men or women fare poorly compared to the other in all dimensions). 3. The UNDP's Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary composite index that measures a country's average achievements in three basic aspects of human development: health, knowledge, and income. It was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. 4. Vulnerable employment is a Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 1B indicator; vulnerable employments are lower productivity and informal activities such as own-account workers and unpaid family workers. They are therefore more likely to lack benefi ts associated with decent employment, such as adequate social security and recourse to effective mechanisms for social dialogue. Vulnerable employment is often characterized by inadequate earnings, low productivity and substandard working conditions that undermine fundamental labour rights.
Gender Gap Ranking1 #72 Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 64 (42.67%)
Gender Inequality Index2 0.528 Women in Parliament ranking #6
Women at ministerial level (ranking) 20.6% (#40)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1945/1945

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Our Partner

Groupe d'Initiatives pour le Progrès Social/WAR (GIPS/WAR) is a non-profit Community Association that promotes the economic, social, and cultural development of rural and urban women through training, advocacy campaigns, counselling, and technology programs. Created in 2004 by a group of women activists in Thies, Senegal, GIPS/WAR manages projects and programs that promote sustainable self-development, taking into account the preservation of the environment and the financial autonomy of its 300 members. Read More >

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Reports & Updates
November 21, 2017 | 16 Days, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, Africa, Americas, Asia, Human Rights, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey, Zimbabwe
From November 25 to December 10, 2017, WLP partners from all over the globe will organize and participate in workshops, film screenings, and events as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Since its inception in 1991, more than 5,000 organizations from over 180 countries have participated. This year's theme, Together We Can End GBV in Education, places a strong emphasis on the human rights framework in order to advocate for institutional and policy change that prevents and addresses GBV in education.  
November 2, 2017 | 2017 Events, TPC, Transnational Partner Convening, Brazil, Leadership, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) gathered representatives from its grassroots women's rights organizations around the world for the Transnational Partnership Convening (TPC) in Potomac, Maryland. This annual meeting brings together leaders and activists that comprise the Partnership to share ideas, plan for future initiatives, and review the successes and challenges of the past year. The event facilitates knowledge sharing and builds solidarity among advocates of the global women’s movement.
October 24, 2017 | 2016 Events, climate, climate change, cop22, environment, Human Rights, Morocco, Senegal
Women’s Learning Partnership and the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) co-hosted a panel discussion at the 2016 United Nations conference on climate change, known as the COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco. The event, titled “Women’s Leadership as Key to Countering the Impact of Climate Change,” drew an audience of over 50 civil society representatives and marked WLP’s first presence in the global dialogues and activism on gender and climate change.
February 7, 2017 | Africa, Americas, Asia, Brazil, Egypt, Family Law, Family Law Reform, Family Law Reform, gbv, Human Rights, India, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Middle East, Morocco, nigeria, palestine, Senegal, SIGI, Turkey, VAW, workshop, Brazil, Egypt, India, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey
WLP partner organizations and affiliated civil-society groups from 11 countries are holding workshops on family law reform throughout early 2017. The content of these trainings will be based on research from case studies commissioned for WLP’s new global initiative, Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-based Violence. 
January 17, 2017 | 2017 Events, Human Rights, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Women’s Learning Partnership’s Written Statement for the Women’s March on Washington Taking Place on January 21, 2017In every aspect of her life, a woman's autonomy, freedom, and opportunities are shaped by the degree to which her nation's laws uphold gender equality, and which cultural practices limit her ability to participate in decision making at the family, national and country levels.
October 19, 2016 | Beyond Equality, 2016 Events, Africa, Americas, Asia, Family Law Reform, Human Rights, Middle East, TPC, Transnational Partners Convening, Brazil, Leadership, Organizational Capacity Building, Egypt, Indonesia, Leading to a Culture of Democracy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Women’s Learning Partnership hosted its 16th Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) in Bethesda, Maryland from October 1 through 4, 2016. The meeting brought together representatives from partner organizations in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.
June 15, 2015 | Africa, Leadership, Leading to Action, Leading to Choices, Leading to Choices Multimedia, Political Participation, Senegal
The following article is a first-person account of an interview with Julie Cisse, Founder and Coordinator of GIPS WAR, conducted by WLP Senior Global Facilitator Lina Abou-Habib in Dakar, Senegal, May 30, 2015.
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