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L'Association des Femmes Juristes Sénégalaises (The Association of Senegalese Women Lawyers) has been working to improve the lives of women in Senegal for almost forty years. In a predominantly Muslim country where most women do not even attend high school, these women have used their legal skills to make change. With little money, no paid attorneys on staff, and using a borrowed room in a law firm as an office, they have successfully pushed the government to make positive changes in the Family Code and other laws and have played an important role in the development of human rights consciousness in Senegal.

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Human Rights Quarterly

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Copyright © 2010 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article was first published in Human Rights Quarterly 32.1 (2010), 115–143 Reprinted with permission by Johns Hopkins University Press.