Gigi Hadid visits Senegalese women’s shelter

Tue, 2019-12-10 15:19

DUBAI: American-Palestinian supermodel Gigi Hadid visited a
support shelter for women and girls who have been victims of abuse
in Senegal on Monday.  

The 24-year-old documented her work with the UN Children’s
Fund (UNICEF) in Dakar on social media.

“After being raped and/or impregnated from a s****l attack, it
is common that these girls are shunned from their families and
kicked out of their homes. Some women travel from very rural parts
of the country, some even coming from other countries (one girl we
met today is from Libya),” she wrote on Instagram.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Today we visited a @UNICEF supported shelter, for women and girl
victims of abuse, in Dakar. After being raped and/or impregnated
from a s****l attack, it is common that these girls are shunned
from their families and kicked out of their homes. Some women
travel from very rural parts of the country, some even coming from
other countries (one girl we met today is from Libya). After
traveling sometimes to many cities trying to find their ground,
most girls learn about this home through word-of-mouth; no one will
be turned down and they will be supported physically, emotionally,
and psychologically here. Employees and volunteers of the shelter,
lead by the founder Mona Chasserio and her colleague Danielle
Hueges, shown in the photos, encourage the girls to share and find
community through their hardship. They are taught to find the
positive in their motherhood and relationship with their child, to
love and care for them properly, and to nurture their passions,
whether it be garment making, agriculture, sports, etc. and learn a
skill set that will help them be able to enter the workplace upon
their departure from the shelter. Not only have about 250 children
been born in this shelter in the last 10 years (15 births have
taken place between October and November of this year, and the
youngest mother being only ten years old), but there are also
orphans who are brought to this shelter by Senegal’s Ministry of
Justice. Mothers and their children will stay at the shelter until
it is agreed upon by themselves and the leaders that they have the
confidence, strength, and skills they need to re-enter their
communities, and orphans will stay til about 8 years old, when they
are permitted by the government to enter a nursing home to be
adopted. Their greatest tool is one called “Rapid Protection,”
which is a 24/7 SMS system put in place by UNICEF that enables
community members trained in child protection and this specific
system (1,222 at this time to cover the 1.5 million people in this
region) to be informants of abuse (physical, s****l, neglect, etc.)
in their area. As soon as these cases have been reported through
SMS, with the age and s*x of the victim… (cont ↓)

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Gigi Hadid
(@gigihadid) on Dec 9, 2019 at 6:04am PST

She shared a video and several images of girls and women at the
camp, detailing the conditions they live in and UNICEF’s work in
the area. “Employees and volunteers of the shelter … encourage
the girls to share and find community through their hardship,”
she wrote.

UNICEF has set up a tool called “Rapid Protection,” which is
a messaging system that enables community members trained in child
protection to be informants of abuse in their area, Hadid said.

The cause of the refugees is one that is close to Hadid’s
heart. Her father, Mohamed Hadid, came to the US as a refugee
before he became a billionaire real estate developer. Last year,
she visited the Jamtoli refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh,
where she met with Rohingya refugee children.

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Gigi Hadid visits Senegalese women’s shelter