The feminization of poverty in Sénégal seems largely related to women's difficulty in accessing resources, notably land. Patrilinear modes of social organization persist despite the existence of laws protecting the rights of women. Several studies have attempted to explain the persistence of gender-based injustice. However, they provide only a partial understanding of the plurality of situations and specific conditions of women. This project seeks to produce knowledge that will be used to advance the effectiveness of women's economic rights in Sénégal.
This paper present the findings of a field survey, which revealed that women never thought of invoking Islamic laws to advance their interests lest they should antagonise their male relatives and be compelled to forsake key social protections that they have traditionally enjoyed.
This paper analyzes the new role rural Senegalese women play as moneylenders in their agrarian communities. The shifting terrain of local credit institutions parallels contemporary trends in rural development: state-led agricultural cooperatives, which were introduced in 1960, formerly bolstered the position of elite farmers who lent out cash and grain to poor farmers during the dry-season months of scarcity.
As stated in the Abstract, “among Wolof farmers in Senegal's Peanut Basin, patriarchal control of household dependents has diminished in conjunction with economic liberalization, state disengagement, and the formation of rural weekly markets. This article builds on twenty-six months of ethnographic fieldwork to explore a crisis of masculinity expressed by men in their oral testimonies and everyday discourse. In domestic struggles over labor and income, male control over women has decreased in the postcolonial epoch.
This is the final report of a study that sought to assess the social and economic impacts of land titling and home ownership programmes in urban and peri-urban areas of developing countries. These programmes have been widely promoted by governments and international agencies despite limited empirical evidence of their benefits / impacts. Following a literature review, case studies were undertaken in Senegal and South Africa.