Organiser: Kakolum Development Cooperation Association

Collaborating organisations: Ramon Molinas Foundation.

Dates: 01/02/2022 – 30/06/2023.

 

Helping women and girls living in the Senegalese areas of Kafountine and Diouloulou to live a life free of violence via the protection of sexual and reproductive rights

The Ramon Molinas Foundation is collaborating with the Kakolum Development Cooperation Association to protect sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls living in the Senegalese towns of Kafountine and Diouloulou and help them live a life free of violence. The initiative will increase the availability, accessibility and quality of information on sexual and reproductive health and strengthen the services provided by health centres in the area in both towns in the region of Bignona.

In terms of increasing the availability, accessibility and quality of information on sexual and reproductive health, the Kakolum Development Cooperation Association will hold around seventy talks to students from the towns of Kafountine and Diouloulou, carry out eight workshops aimed at young people living in these areas, send out nine mobile trucks to raise awareness, broadcast twenty radio programmes on sexual and reproductive health and create and distribute information and material.

To strengthen the services in the field of sexual and reproductive health, the Kakolum Development Cooperation Association will operate in the health centres of the Diouloulou Health District, which incorporates the towns of Kafountine and Diouloulou. The organisation will carry out workshops based around personal health and organise campaigns to raise awareness on HIV detection, cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as run seminars on family planning, sexual violence and methods of self-protection.

 

The Ramon Molinas Foundation will help to raise international awareness of the initiative

The Kakolum Development Cooperation Association also aims to raise awareness internationally of the initiative. The organisation will produce and broadcast a documentary to report on the status of sexual and reproductive health in the Senegalese department of Bignona. The Ramon Molinas Foundation will then use the documentary to organise workshops in Catalan secondary schools which will explain the overarching issues and present the key concepts around human, sexual, and reproductive rights. The documentary will be shown and taught broken down into themes, encouraging the students to discuss the questions and issues it presents.

 

The long road to achieving sexual and reproductive rights in Senegal

In Senegal, although legislation does not allow forced marriage, it’s estimated that 32% of women are pushed into getting married before reaching the age of majority. Half are younger than 15 years old, but cases have been reported of children getting married as young as 7 years old. 91% of marriages take place in rural areas of the country such as the region that includes Kafountine and Diouloulou. In fact, this area has the second highest rates of teenage pregnancy out of the fourteen regions country wide.

In 2020, 1,392 pregnancies were recorded in girls aged 10 years old and older in the Diouloulou Health District. According to data collected by the same District, only 14% of women who gave birth that year completed all the prenatal visits necessary to assure the health of mother and baby. Similarly, only 243 young girls throughout the district and across the course of the year consulted the counselling and health services in the field of sexual and reproductive health.

 

The Kakolum Development Cooperation Association, an organisation which promotes responsible cooperation

In Diola, the main language of Kafountine, ‘kakolum’ is the word for ‘footprint’, the imprint left behind in the earth after walking. Intending to leave their mark and make a difference, the organisation was established in 2017 thanks to a connection between its creators and the communities in the Casamance region. The organisation promotes responsible cooperation in which the project beneficiaries have a principal role in the goals and execution of the project. The main aim of the association is help improve the quality of life of the population of the Senegalese region of Casamance. The organisation focuses its attention on safeguarding, promoting, and defending the rights of women, sustainable agriculture, food security and environmental conservation.

 

Links of interest:

Kakolum Development Cooperation Association website.