House of children and women’s human rights – PIKINE

La casa di Marietou

The Marietou house, or Keur Marietou in the Wolof language, is the multi-purpose humanist centre to be built on the outskirts of Dakar (Pikine Icotaf) to host all the activities carried out by our association that today are taking place in extremely restricted spaces.

The Keur Marietou House will become the centre of the promotion of equaliy of human rights, women’s empowerment, the right to health, the right to a childhood, to recretional activities and to education and of the fight against discrimination, gender violence and ignorance. The House will also allow Senegalese women, who do not have the opportunity to take part in the human and professional development and are victims of abuse, gender discrimination and economic slavery both inside and ouside their families, to make their voices heard.

The activities that will be carried out in the Keur Marietou House will include:

With regards to the right to a childhood, recreational activities and education:

  • Lessons and activities linked to the “Xaley Humaniste” nursery school
  • Make up sessions for students in need
  • Literacy courses for adults

With regards to the right to heath and the rights of women:

  • General practice and gynaecologyical clinics
  • Psycological and legal counselling for women victims of abuse

With regards to the economic empowerment of women:

  • Micro-credit projects workshops
  • Micro gardening activities on terrace

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To have access to the micro-credit allows the beneficiary women to responsably partecipate in their society, increasing their possibilities to have a better income, also affecting social issues such as gender inequailty and gender discrimination.

Despite the greater liberty that Senegalese and Gambian women enjoy compared to other African women, to be the head of the family remains a male prerogative.

Women are only socially recognised when, after marriage, they give birth to their first child and become more important when they reach menopause. In any event, they have a subordinate and marginalised (discriminated) role and they are often forced to suffer in silence without expressing what they feel.

Our micro-credit projects are aimed at improving their life conditions. We organise several courses such as fabric dyeing, needlework, soap production, computer literacy. These courses enhance their opportunity to find a job or allow them to have a little income by selling their products. Our purpose is to establish a network of volunteers willing to train other women themselves.

The female micro-credit projects are carried out in Senegal, as part of the Marietou House project, in the rural village of Ballangar (Gambia) and in Tamil Nadu (India).

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