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Black Girls Surf: Meet the African women defying stereotypes to ride waves

Although women have the same legal rights as men in Senegal, the West African nation is still a deeply patriarchal society, where the burden of childcare and household duties falls onto the shoulders of women. And given the most recent figures nearly 40 per cent of Senegalese girls surveyed said they were married before their 18th birthday.


This stat, coupled with a lack of education and illiteracy (many families send boys to school, while girls who do receive an education tend to drop out early) prevents women from advancing. And they are most definitely not encouraged to participate or compete in sport…