Equality Now partners with NTSA to stop sexual assault in matatus
Contact: Judy Kosgei - email@example.com / +254 20-271-9913/9832
5 DECEMBER 2017 (Nairobi, Kenya): Equality Now and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) are beginning a campaign to end sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in public transport vehicles in Kenya, and are holding a launch event on 6th December 2017 in Accra Road bus stop, Nairobi at 9.00 am.
In November, a matatu driver raped two passengers in separate attacks in Nakuru, including a 15-year-old girl. This is just one of many cases in which women and girls have been sexually assaulted on public transport vehicles, and is part of Kenya’s broader problem with SGBV.
Kenya does not have a dedicated database for dealing with instances of SGBV on public transport, and this means victims are not getting the assistance they need.
Currently, when people phone to report sexual harassment or assault they are put through to a general complaints line. The long term goal of the partnership between NTSA and Equality Now is to establish a gender desk that people can call to access specialist support provided by staff trained to deal with SGBV issues.
Through the partnership, passengers and matatu crew will be informed on the various ways of preventing and reporting cases of sexual harassment and assault to NTSA through the dedicated complaints hotline.
Members of the public, passengers and matatu crew are being invited to take part in conversations which will lead to positive behavioral and attitude change, and to shift the focus from blaming victims to calling on perpetrators to be held accountable for sexual harassment and assault involving public service vehicles.
The hashtags #MyMatatuStory and #NganyaSafe are being used for people to share their thoughts and experiences on social media.