Dear Friends of Flone,
Happy New Year! We hope that you had a happy and safe holiday season.
Flone Initiative has been hard at work creating safer spaces for women and girls in East Africa’s public transportation sector. Last year, Flone Initiative hosted five trainings in Kayole, Embakasi and Githurai 44 for 242 public transport operators through our Public Safety Certificate Program (Usalama Wa Uma) and we are excited to announce that the eight modules of this training have now been legally copyrighted!
Additionally, 2017 saw the inauguration of our newest program that supports women working as public transportation operators, called the Women in Transportation (WIT) program. Through the WIT Program, Flone Initiative seeks to attract, retain and promote women in the transportation industry by facilitating regular capacity-building workshops that provide women with the skills and support necessary to realize a safe, sustainable and lucrative working environment free from violence.So far, the WIT program has facilitated training workshops on for 107 women on basic first aid skills and Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system – anticipated to be implemented in Kenya.
In December 2017, Flone Initiative facilitated a four-day WIT forum for 39 women working in the transportation sector in Uganda. In partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Uganda and ATGWU in Kampala Uganda, the forum was aimed at equipping women in transportation with skills that would help them to gain a better understanding of gender based harassment in the transport sector, gender advocacy, customer service, unionization, leadership skills and financial management. The objective of the forum was to empower women with the skills to effectively address the challenges they face in the transport sector such as; sexual harassment, discrimination, lack of job security and cut-throat competition, thus enabling them to thrive in the male dominated sector.
Feedback from forum participants was extremely positive! After the training, the women formed a WhatsApp group to enable them keep in touch, post opportunities, share experiences, challenges, solutions and network. The forum also inspired the women to form a Savings and Credit Co-operative (SACCO).
Women are eager for ongoing support and training and Flone is working hard to respond to their needs. In order to do this, we need your support!! There are many ways to contribute to Flone Initiative, either by making a donation on our website, or sponsoring a training by donating lunch, stationary supplies or venues.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help create a safer, more sustainable working environment for women in East Africa!
Your Support Counts!
Our new Women in Transportation program works to advance the transport industry and the professional women who are a growing part of it.
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