Child Rights and Business guidance for Chinese Companies Operating in Senegal
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Decent work for parents and young workers
- Minimum age: The minimum age of full-time employment is 15.
- Hazardous work: Minimum age for hazardous work is 18 years.
- Light work: The minimum age for light work is 12.
Maternity and paternity protections
- Parental leave: Women are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave. There is no entitlement to paternity leave.
- Pay and benefits: Maternity leave is granted with pay at 100% of previous earnings, paid by the government.
- Job protection: It is unlawful to dismiss a worker due to pregnancy or maternity leave. There is no legal provision regarding right to return to the same position after maternity leave; the right to return is only implicitly guaranteed.
Decent work for parents and young workers:
- Health and safety: Legal provisions are in place to protect the health and safety of pregnant workers; work that is damaging for a pregnant worker's health and morals is prohibited.
- Working hours: Normal working hours are 40 per week over a maximum of 6 days per week.
- Breastfeeding: New mothers are guaranteed paid breastfeeding breaks until a child is 15 months old.
Marketing and advertising
- Marketing to children: There are no known regulations on marketing to children in Senegal.
- Breastmilk substitutes: Besides a prohibition on idealising breast-milk substitutes, Senegal has adopted only a few of the provisions of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes into national law.
Consumer protection: Consumer protection is regulated by Decree No. 2014-770 of 14 June 2014.
Child online safety
- Child sexual abuse material (CSAM): National laws prohibit CSAM and technology facilitated CSAM offences are explicitly mentioned.
- Access to pornography: Possession and importation of pornographic material is forbidden in Senegal.
Community and Environment
- Impact assessment: National law requires environmental impact assessments to be carried out to ensure environmental effects of projects are taken into account.
- Climate change: Senegal has not yet submitted its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to the UNFCC. In its Intended NDC Senegal set unconditional targets of emission reductions relative to baseline projections of 3%, 4% and 5% in 2020, 2025 and 2030 respectively. Under the conditional scenario (INDC+), expected emission reductions were set at 7%, 15% and 21% for the same years.
- Resource governance: Senegal was found to have made satisfactory progress in implementing the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) standards.
- Land tenure: Indigenous communities make up a significant portion of Senegal’s population – an estimated 60-70% of Senegal’s land mass is community and/or indigenous land.
- Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC): There are no known national regulations on FPIC in Senegal.
- Child soldiers: The minimum voluntary enlistment age is 19. There are no current reports of children taking part in hostilities.
- Private military and/or security companies: There are regulations on the activities of private security companies including need to receive authorization from the Ministry of the Interior to operate. Special permission needs to be granted to carry firearms.
- Education: Primary education and secondary education are free and compulsory until the age of 16.
- Healthcare: The constitution recognises the right to health and to a healthy environment. In the constitution, the state also guarantees families, in particular those living in rural areas, the right to medical care.