The ban on the advertising of depigmenting products launched by the CNRA since November 2019 is not enough to stop the evil, according to the women of the collective “My darkness, my pride, my identity”. On the occasion of a march initiated this Sunday, January 12, 2020 in the Kaolack region, they challenge the authorities on the need to ban depigmentation once and for all in Senegal.
It was in Kaolack, located 190 km from Dakar, that the protest movement to ban depigmentation began its activities. An event in the form of a hike that mobilized hundreds of women from the collective “My darkness, my pride, my identity”.
The choice of the Kaolack region is not accidental. Kaolack is one of the localities most affected by the phenomenon. Dressed in black, they walked in several streets of the city chanting the message: “No to depigmentation” or, “We must ban any depigmenting product”.
According to Aby Seck, the coordinator of the local committee of the collective “My darkness, my pride, my identity” in the commune, 6 women out of 10 depigment their skin. Hence the urgency to continue raising awareness but also and above all the fight for the withdrawal of all depigmenting cosmetic products.
The peaceful march ended at the Coeur de Ville roundabout, where the demonstrators met the prefect of the department. The latter took note of the importance of such an initiative and stressed the dangers of depigmentation.
The collective intends to continue the fight in other regions of the country and invites women to no longer use these products harmful to health since black skin is already a natural beauty.