Women sorting hirsh, Senegal.
Demanding change

“The girls in our village do all the household chores. They cook, fetch wood, grind millet, maize and peanuts, wash the clothes and do the dishes in the river. They fetch water from the well and grow crops.

Girls work more here than boys. Things need to change. I help my sisters by washing the pots and fetching water from the well in 20-litre containers. I wouldn’t want to be a girl. Many of them are taken to a village in Guinea for female genital mutilation, and they suffer a lot because of it. I support any changes that mean girls’ rights are respected, and that they have the same chances at school as us boys and have more free time than they have now.”

El Hadji, 12, from the same village as Djiba, Senegal


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