WHERE WE WORK > BURKINA FASO
Protecting and Empowering Vulnerable Women and Children in Bobo Dioulasso
Since 2011 the Good Shepherd Sisters have been responding to the needs of girls and women from the impoverished slum areas of Bobo Dioulasso, such as Secteur 22, who are the most poor and marginalized section of the Burkinabé population. Our program contributes to the protection and empowerment of the most vulnerable women, who are victims of poverty, commercial sexual exploitation, and other forms of violence and abuses against women and girls. The aim is to break the cycle of poverty-ignorance-violence-exploitation that keeps women and girls at the margins of society. We offers holistic and integrated support to these young women to overcome trauma, raise their levels of self-confidence and promote social inclusion and economic independence, offering shelter, counselling, and vocational training.
AREAS OF INTERVENTION
COUNTRY BACKGROUND / OVERVIEW
Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in West Africa. The condition of women and young girls is influenced by a socio-political and cultural context, which is fundamentally marked by socio-cultural constraints. Thus, pillar of the family and hence of society, the woman is omnipresent without the feminine condition being satisfied. Access to education is far from being a rule in Burkina Faso. Too many obstacles stand today, especially in rural areas. First of all, the weight of traditions means that it is not natural to send children to school when they quickly represent a significant source of labor. This is even more true for girls who can be placed quite young as domestic workers. In a country where the literacy rate is very low the trend is not ready to reverse even if the authorities have become aware of the problem. Access to work (outside the informal economy) is extremely restricted for women and they are almost excluded from salaried employment.
Facts and figures
78% illiteracy rate (2001)
90.8% of illiterate population are women
40% of population living below the poverty line
185/188 ranking UNDPHuman Development Index (2016)
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