Green job opportunities: Senegal

Senegal stands at a pivotal juncture of environmental transformation, poised to harness the potential of a green economy. Yet, amidst the promise of sustainability, women encounter tremendous barriers hindering their full participation in this transition.

Our latest technical brief, “Gender-sensitive Income Generation and Green Job Creation Opportunities in Senegal’s Green Transition,” examines green job and income prospects as part of the Great Green Wall initiative. Led by GlobalCAD and supported by UN Women and UNCCD, this research sheds light on the challenges and opportunities women face in accessing these green jobs.

In the verdant landscapes of Senegal, agriculture, forestry, energy, and waste management emerge as promising sectors for green job creation. However, limited access to land, finance, technology, and education casts shadows over women’s pathways to empowerment.

The need for this research arose from an assessment that revealed limited strategic involvement of women in the initiative, particularly in leadership roles. Now, armed with insights from our brief, policymakers can steer policy development and mobilize resources for a more inclusive green transition.

The challenge ahead is clear: to bridge the gap between aspiration and reality, policies must be crafted with a gender-responsive lens. Our findings underscore the imperative of placing women at the forefront of the green transition, dismantling barriers, and fostering inclusive growth.

Geisel García Graña
Geisel García Graña
Geisel is Communication & Ecosystem Manager for GlobalCAD and a consultant in communication and sustainable cities. She has a PhD. in Communication Sciences by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. @geiselgg