Gambia: The Plight of Rural Women

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[Foroyaa] Their life needs not be romanticized; it is their lived reality. She wakes up at dawn to pound the grain for breakfast, lunch and dinner with her baby on her back. She walks to the field and works with crude, backbreaking tools when the baby sleeps. She puts her/him in a close by makeshift shed to offer her child optimum breastfeeding in a place where there is no village day care centre. She brings along her lunch pack and when it is time for lunch she eats and then continues the backbreaking labour. Every


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