WHERE WE WORK > BURKINA FASO
Protecting and Empowering Vulnerable Women and Children in Bobo Dioulasso
Since 2011 the Good Shepherd programs supported by GSIF have been responding to the needs of girls and women from Secteur 22, one of the most impoverished areas of Bobo Dioulasso, the second city of Burkina Faso. The programs run by the sisters and their partners in mission, contribute to the protection and empowerment of women who are victims of poverty, domestic violence, commercial sexual exploitation, and other forms of abuses, such as human trafficking. The aim is to break the cycle of poverty-ignorance-violence-exploitation that keeps women and girls at the margins of society. The programs offer 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 context, that nis fundamentally marked by socio-cultural constraints. Access to education is far from being an enforced rule in Burkina Faso. Too many obstacles stand today, especially in rural areas for girls who want to have an education. First of all, the weight of traditions which discourages families to send children to school when they can be involved in some form of work and become at a young age a significant source of income. This is even more true for girls that can be employed at a young age 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
182/188 ranking UNDPHuman Development Index (2019)
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