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Senegal has a vast and diverse culture dating back centuries. Music and dance play a crucial role, and typical traditional music such as Yela, the rhythms of which mimic the sound of grain being pounded by female villagers, is still practiced by many Senegalese. Senegal is also famous for the quality of its jewelry. Local artisans sell their intricately crafted gold and silver jewelry in regional markets all over the country, and the large amber necklaces traditionally worn by Fulani women are a common sight.

According to the World Bank, the population of Senegal in 2012 was recorded at 13 million; it ranks 154 out of 185 in the Human Development Index of 2012. The country has one of the region's more stable economies, although the agriculture-based economy is highly vulnerable to adverse weather conditions and fluctuations in world commodity prices.

HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION

The most significant human rights problems in Senegal include physical abuse and torture; limits on freedoms of speech, press, and assembly; and corruption. Other major human rights problems include inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees and prisoners; child abuse; child marriage; infanticide; violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons; discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS; trafficking in persons; and child labor.

GENDER INEQUALITY

In public and political life, there are a good number of women public officials at all levels. In 2002, the President appointed the first woman Prime Minister and drafted and proposed a bill on gender equality in public office. However, and in spite of having ratified the main international and regional women’s rights protection instruments, many of their provisions continue to be violated in law and practice. Senegalese women still encounter widespread rape, including spousal rape. Other challenges women encounter are: violence within the family; female genital mutilation/cutting on girls; pervasive discrimination, especially in rural areas where traditional customs, including polygyny and discriminatory rules of inheritance are strongest.

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Wolof Weavers

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PRODUCTS FROM SENEGAL

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Bath Bin - White

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Hide trash in this beautiful waste basket. Hand-woven from cattail stalks and recycled plastic, this bin is durable and eco-friendly. Each purchase empowers the Wolof Weavers of Senegal. Details Approximately...

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  • Approximately 14" tall x 12" deep x 10" diameter (at bottom) x 12" diameter (at top)
  • As with all handmade items, variations will occur
  • Care instructions: Wipe the basket with a damp cloth. If you choose to use soap, please use it lightly to avoid saturating the basket and the stalks located inside the coils.

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Hamper - White

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Keep your clothing and linens out of site until laundry day with this classic white hamper. It has been handwoven from cattail stalks and recycled plastic, and it will last...

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  • Small: Approximately  15" h (w/ lid) x 11.5" w (base)
  • Large: Approximately 20” h (w/ lid) x 14” w (base)
  • Care instructions: Spot clean using minimal water. Dab (do not rub) using an undyed paper towel or cloth to prevent the colors from bleeding. Dry completely to avoid molding. To preserve the natural colors and stop fading, do not place in direct sunlight.
  • As with all handmade items, variations will occur

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Hamper - White

$ 98.00 - $ 148.00
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Round Basket - White

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Hold your stationery and work supplies on any shelf in this basket. It's been hand-woven from cattail stalks and recycled plastic, and it will last for years. Each purchase supports...

Details

  • Approximately 11" wide, 5" tall
  • As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
  • Care instructions: Wipe the basket with a damp cloth. If you choose to use soap, please use it lightly to avoid saturating the basket and the stalks located inside the coils.

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