Humanity & Inclusion works to develop an inclusive, sustainable and fair society which improves the quality of life of vulnerable people, including people with disabilities.
Inclusive education, Senegal - Humanity & Inclusion | © J-J. Bernard / HI
Humanity & Inclusion has been working in Senegal since 1995. Its first interventions provided functional rehabilitation to help people with disabilities regain their mobility.
Since this time, around thirty projects have been implemented, mostly in Casamance, including demining projects since 2007. The projects currently underway in the regions of Dakar and Casamance include:
- Ensuring all children with disabilities can attend school and are part of the community
- Enable the inclusion of adults with disabilities in the workplace
- Helping to improve rehabilitation services alongside physiotherapy organisations
- Including people with disabilities in HIV control
- Demining activities
Senegal is a major economic power in West Africa, but its wealth is very unevenly distributed. A substantial percentage of the country's population lives in a situation of extreme poverty and people with disabilities are highly represented in this category. Furthermore, in the south of the country, in Casamance, the population still lives under the threat of anti-personnel landmines.
The legislative framework on disability in Senegal has changed for the better since 2010, when the country ratified the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
However, there are still a lot of difficulties transposing the laws subsequently adopted into tangible political actions. People with disabilities in Senegal face barriers on a daily basis when trying to access health, education and employment services. Victims of discrimination, they continue to fight to have their fundamental rights upheld. Humanity & Inclusion has been working alongside them since 1995.
The country has also been very heavily impacted by the conflict opposing the Senegalese army and the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance for the last 30 years. This conflict has harmed the country's economy and hindered its development, in particular with the use of anti-personnel landmines. This means much of the agricultural land in this region known as the "larder" of Senegal is inaccessible.
The purpose of the convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities. It also aims to promote their inherent dignity.