Good Shepherd Sisters in Senegal

The history of the Good Shepherd sisters in Senegal starts in 1976 when the Bishop of Thiès asks the GSS to start a mission in his diocese. Thanks to the support of the GSS in Algeria, the mission started helping the girls in vulnerable situations in the area of Thiès through professional trainings in sewing and broderie. At the beginning of the 1980s the GSS founded two training centres in Thiès in Dakar to support the vulnerable women and girls with literacy, sewing, cooking, broderie classes. In 1997 and in 2002, the Saint Marie Euphrasie centre and Augustina Rivas centre started their activities to give vulnerable women and girls fast paced trainings in cooking and pastry, as well as in labour law, health, and family management.


  • Social and economic empowerment for women and girls, through trainings and micro-credit.
  • Shelter and “call in” centres for women, girls and their children in vulnerable situations.
  • Awareness raising of women’s and children’s rights and their safeguarding for the programme’s participants and for the GSS partners in mission including local authorities and local faith leaders.
  • Continuous learning and capacity development for the GSS and their partners in missions in project management, financial management, advocacy, VAWG, child protection and child safeguarding.


Mbour, Dakar, Thiès







Girls and Women's Empowerment


In Senegal women still have to face many constraints impeding the full achievement of their socio-economic rights: poverty, discrimination, unequal access to mainstream and professional education as well as barriers to financial services often condemn women to precarious and poorly paid jobs in the informal economy. This situation also increases the risk of exploitation and gender-based violence in the workplace and in the community, as women continue struggling in a society that conveys female inferiority and subordination. The employment rate for women is only 33,9% (58,2% for men). Women in charge of land management are 26% of the total but only 13% of the land owners are women. Only 34% of the micro credit granted by the Government goes to women. Between 2000 and 2011 the access to education has significantly improved for women. In 2011 98.6% of girls in Senegal had access to the primary education. However, only 33% of girls have access to secondary education.

Facts and figures

33,9% employment rate for women

Only 33% of girls access to secondary education

27% of women between 15 and 49 years of age have been victims of physical and/or sexual violence


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