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SEXRWA Webinar #1 : Marame Guèye
17th of March / 17:00 GMT

Title: "Fleecing Senegalese Women: The normalization offemale suffering through language and religion, and who should lead the fightfor gender equity in Africa."

The discussion will depart from a commentary to the film "Goor Dongue"  - a film by Tom Escarmelle / Studio Sankara, based on an original idea by Khady Touré. Available in:
Keywords: Wifehood; Religion; Language; North-South Partnerships

Marame Gueye holds a PhD from State University of New York at Binghamton. She has B.A. and an M.A. from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. She is an Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Literatures at East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, North Carolina, where she is currently teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures. Guèye’s research is primarily focussed on marriage relations, poligamy, diaspora, immigration, popular culture, gender and social norms, as well as on the oral performances of Senegalese women as instruments of resistance. She is also quite active on social media platforms such as Facebook, and is the founder of “Une Senegalaise aux USA”, an online community of women from Senegal living in the United States.  Marame Guèye's work is asset to the SEXRWA project given her expertise in Senegalese culture and on Senegalese women's oral traditions as tools of resistance.

Project General Description:
Sexual and reproductive rights were inscribed explicitly in human rights instruments during the 1990's. While initially, especially during the 1970's, they were promoted in the framework of health under the banner of reproductive rights, these have widened considerably.Interventions have been designed from the macro-political level to the grassroots level. Nevertheless, the juridical and political nature of these instruments of international law, translated locally, creates forms of biopolitics that aren’t always aligned with local practices, thus promoting some resistancies. A critical approach to this intersection is necessary, and the adequacy of transnational human rights language to sociocultural specificities should be questioned (Merry, 2012), because as Didier Fassin points out moral sentiments have become a driving force in contemporary politics (Fassin, 2012). This   project  analyses  this  in   two  west African countries,   Guinea   Bissau   and   Senegal. By looking in a critical perspective into the local activisms and the changing sociocultural practices, in relation with their social histories, we consider a field where local and international actors both develop discourses. We pay particular  attention to public discussions around dividing issues such as gender equality, sexual rights, gender based violence, abortion, planned reproduction, gender roles, but also to legislation and its enforcement, or the financing of local agents in the field of international human rights. For these SEXRWA Webinars we invited scholars developing research on subjects we consider to  have important correlations with our main objectives. With them we would like to widen the scope of the discussions on sexual and reproductive rights in Guinea Bissau and Senegal, to take into account local social dynamics. 

This project is hosted at CEI-Iscte, and is financed by FCT (PTDC/SOC-ANT/31675/2017)

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