She Works, She Lives! (Elle Travaille, Elle Vit! French, 2008) is a documentary that explores the role of women in Senegalese society and highlights the importance of girl’s education in particular. Each of the five Senegalese women interviewed for the film come from diverse backgrounds and followed distinct paths to get to where they are today. Some of them come from small villages while others come from urban environments, some from supportive families and others from less supportive families. But at some point in their lives, each of these five women realized that she had the potential to be more and to achieve more than what was expected of her. This documentary looks at the histories of these inspiring women, the feelings they have about their work and their upbringing, and their hopes for the future of women in Senegal.
The film is being distributed to Peace Corps volunteers and schools throughout Senegal along with a packet of supplemental educational materials to facilitate discussions regarding the role of women in Senegalese society. Additionally, we are holding public screenings in Dakar, and are currently working to show it on local television stations. Copies are available to interested NGO's for their outreach reference libraries. The goal of this project is to continue the dialogue in Senegal regarding women in the workplace. With the help of SeneGAD, and funding from the US Embassy of Dakar, this film will be able to permeate local communities, encouraging sustainable change in gender perspectives for Senegalese society at large.