Social and Health Protection of Women Migrants from Sénégal in Agricultural Activity and the Personal Care Industry in Spain

The Spanish demand for foreign women workers has allowed certain Senegalese migrants to find work and legalize their situation in the country. Nevertheless, most Senegalese women migrants - even those who are relatively qualified - are confined to low-status sectors that keep them in a position of exclusion. Although the feminization of Senegalese migration in Spain has been the subject of several research studies, little is known about the extent to which such migrants - particularly those in agriculture and the personal care industry - benefit from their rights under national and international law.

This project will compare the legal and de facto situation of Senegalese migrant women in Spain, and produce information on the effectiveness of their social and health protection. The findings will provide women's rights organizations with the necessary information to influence process and policy for a better consideration of their rights. The project will be carried out under the direction of the migration research and study group (Groupe d'études et de recherches sur les migrations - GERM) at the Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis by Senegalese and Spanish researchers.

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Start Date

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

End Date

Thursday, February 2, 2012


30 months

IDRC Officer

Thioune, Ramata Aw

Total funding

CA$ 364,700


Senegal, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Spain


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Professeur Mary Teuw NIANE

Project Leader



Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis

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