As you should all know by now, one of the goals of
Ma Petite Niche
is to highlight the achievements of the African Woman.
The reason being, the AFRICAN WOMAN is playing catch up with the rest of the world.
Our feminist movements are finally mobilizing across Africa.
Gender roles are now open for public discussions and in living rooms.
Women's professional competence is no longer the laughing stock of the African man.
Of course, we will always have the minority, who will forever think our roles do not extend outside the kitchen and bedroom. But that number, as with all things influenced by a need to "suppress", is dwindling towards extinction .
I first came across the documentary TAXI SISTER while browsing MIMI MAGAZINE blog.
Shot in Dakar, Senegal and released in 2011, it chronicles the daily life of a female taxis driver.
Here's an except and trailer of the documentary from Vimeo,
"...Taxi Sister is a documentary about Boury, a female taxi driver
in Dakar, Senegal.
As a woman behind the wheel she leads a busy life filled with
everyday drama, and constantly grapples with society’s view and
expectations on women.
The film is based on the Taxi Sister project, which was started by
the Senegalese state in 2007 with the aim of encouraging female
entrepreneurs. Ten women were offered the opportunity to get a
drivers license and buy a car on credit.
Today there are fifteen women taxi drivers in Dakar, which is
nothing compared to the fifteen thousand male taxi drivers..."
The documentary was directed by Theresa Traore Dahlberg, a native of Burkina Faso + Sweden
Ironically, I will soon be attending an event at a Senegalese restaurant here in Boston. I can't wait to tell you guys all about my experience with their cuisine.
If you have any suggestions about popular Senegalese food that is "taste-bud friendly" to a foreign tongue, feel free to comment below or leave me a message on Google + or twitter.