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 see to the 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 our neighbouring country Guinea to be cut. They suffer a lot because of this.

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, Senegal.

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