Senegal

Civil society organizations succeed in keeping Family Law intact in Senegal.
Le président sénégalais Abdoulaye Wade a déclaré jeudi à l'issue d'une visite au Japon qu'il s'opposerait à "une modification du code de la famille", en réaction à un projet de réforme soumis récemment aux autorités par des associations islamiques.
The Tostan-Unicef basic education program has given participants the opportunity to understand the dangers resulting from the practice as well as to share their new knowledge with relatives and neighbours.
Plus d'une centaine de villages du département de Kédougou, dans la région de Tambacounda (est) ont annoncé le week-end dernier leur décision d'abandonner l'excision, pratique subie par environ 20% de la population féminine du Sénégal, ont rapporté mercre
Sur Manooré FM, "la voix des femmes" sénégalaises, "pas de tabous, on parle de tout", sauf de "politique politicienne".
Senegal has eight million inhabitants, 95% of whom are Muslim, with the remainder predominantly Christian. There are very few animists who formally practice traditional religions. I say formally because in fact traditional practices are present in the daily life of all Senegalese, be they Muslim or Christian, because these practices are profoundly rooted in their cultures.

Soon after the introduction of Islam to Senegal, Muslims organized into Confreries*. This meant that the first religious leaders taught Islam according to the tradition of their spiritual leaders.
Throughout the world, and particularly in Third World countries, feminists have been sounding the alarm about the rise of religious and political fundamentalism. Historically, fundamentalism has always been a move to strengthen patriarchal authority and maintain the "moral order" of society. Patriarchy, understood as the relations of domination and subordination that pervade human gender relations, takes different forms in different historical periods depending on the prevailing material conditions.
Par Dior Fall, Banna Thioubou, Cheikh Tijane Ndiaye, Aada Soumare Diop, Adel Arab, Abdoul Aziz Sall ; preface de Marie Toure Ngom, Serie Etudes et Recherches n°221.
(IPS) Les femmes representeront 30 pour cent des candidats de treize partis politiques senegalais lors des elections locales prevues le 12 mai prochain pour elire quelque 600 conseillers regionaux, municipaux et ruraux.
Publie a l'occasion de la celebration de la Journee internationale de la femme, par ENDA Tiers Monde, avec l'appui du Fonds de Developpement des Nations Unies pour la Femme (UNIFEM-Bureau de Dakar, dans le cadre du projet "Parente conjointe."
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