Senegal women consult on nationality right for their children
16 October 2012, WADR
After successfully achieving a gender parity law in parliament,
Senegalese women are holding consultations on drafting a bill that will confer
their nationality on the children they bear for non-Senegalese spouses.
Currently, only Senegalese men enjoy the right to pass their
nationality on to their children by non-Senegalese women.
The women are also concerned that while the wives of Senegalese
men can take the husband's nationality, the women do not have the right that
allows their husbands to assume Senegalese nationality.
The women say this amount to discrimination and must be
Now, with Senegal's new Justice Minister backing this move,
various women groups are holding consultations in Dakar to come up with a draft
bill for submission to the country's National Assembly.
WADR's Frank Sainworla has been speaking with Senegalese female
jurist, Madam Fatou Kine Camara, Deputy Secretary General of the Women's
lawyers association on the consultations.