in Senegal and Ivory Coast, women in the fight against ordinary sexism

in Senegal and Ivory Coast, women in the fight against ordinary sexism
in Senegal and Ivory Coast, women in the fight against ordinary sexism

In Senegal, certain professions still have an image as men’s jobs, this is the case of bus drivers. However, many women love driving and imagine themselves behind the wheel. Around twenty trainees are currently being trained to become drivers of the BRT, the brand new electric buses which will serve Dakar and its suburbs. They are proud to change mentalities

With our correspondent in Dakar, Juliette Dubois

In an electric bus, on the runway of the old Dakar airport, it’s time for driving exercises. Yaye Astou Thiam is at the wheel and Fary, his trainer, gives him advice. The trainees were approached by the BRT operator, Dakar Mobilities, at the driving school where they were taking their car license. Many jumped at the opportunity, like Cléophace Apolline Mané, 34, who worked in restaurants and as a cleaning lady: “ In Senegal, there are too many young people, unemployment is there. So if the opportunity presents itself, you have to seize it. The opportunity presented itself to me. Plus, it was my dream since I was little. So, icing on the cake! »

Since October, the 22 female trainees have passed their D license, then followed theory and practical courses on buses. Anna Ndour put aside her teaching profession for this training: “ Very proud to be a woman and to be able to participate in the change in transport, in this profession that we thought was a man’s profession, when it is only intelligence that must be used to be able to do it. So, I don’t see why, quote, we want to limit this to men. »

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