Senegalese Ethical Actors and Leaders (SEAL)


It is expected that:

24 young women have experienced a deep learning about the impacts on their elders and on their peers of the second-class status of women.
6 communities of Timebank are set up by older women and young girls.
24 have gained skill in stroytelling– skills which will likely have helped them build new networls of professsionals in the field and opened up new careerpaths.
32 female mentors and 24 young girls have acted in multiple ways to earn time credits, building relationships of trust and mutual eseem across different areas of activity and different parts of the community, gaining new insights into the roles that women play in their community.
24 young girls have taken part in forging new pathways to leadership and civic engagement, and have been mentored and supported on those pathways.
6 stories have been documented and told to showcase social challenges faced by women and young girls in their communities.
32 influential women have mentored and championed the young girls to become leaders and break through their social challenges.
6 poetic opinion article pieces will be written about young girls’ social challenges.
60 pictures have captured stories that will relate young girls’ perspectives about their social challenges.
6 songs about women’s social challenges are created.
6 short documentaries are developed to relate social challenges in the 6 communities.


The SEAL program is intended to appeal and attract the attention of women in six traditionally conservative communities in Dakar who, despite the challenges of their second-class status, have ideas for change, a talent for action, and a capacity for leadership in changing the perception of women’s household duties and conservative attitudes in the community — particularly among their husbands and the traditional leaders.

In collaboration with the TimeBank USA have developed Senegalese Ethical Actors & Leaders (SEAL) program using timebank credit unit as an alternative currency to address social challenges and create an ecosystem where young women are honored and rewarded for being changemakers and trained in communicative arts to become ethical leaders.

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We will select 6 teams of 24 young girls, 32 mentors, 12 female judges, and 4 volunteers and 8 staff members from 6 traditionally conservative communities in Dakar.

Each team of 4 from the 6 communities will choose a collaborative practice project areound a social or traditional challenge faced by women. The team members will be supported by mentors and partner trainers to develop their solution and present it in front of panel of judges.

The journalists on the teams will exhibit 10 pictures showcasing a story that will relate back to their respective communities.

The musicians will create a 4 minute song each according to the theme.
The filmaker have 7 minutes each to screen a documentary relating a social challenge in their communities.