The original article first appeared on KenyaBuzz: http://www.kenyabuzz.com/lifestyle/local-program-takes-aim-at-kenyas-public-transport
One of the most challenging and urgent issues we face in terms of the travel needs and challenges of commuters is ensuring the safety of everyone using public transport.
For most commuters, daily annoyances are limited to loud phone conversations or music. But a sense of safety and security, especially for women and girls, has been crucial component that affects their day -to -day life. Gender-based violence against women and girls in public spaces poses a major obstacle to improving our public transport system. A series of brutal attacks, video recorded and posted on social media in 2014, left Kiambu-based development organization Flone Initiative uniquely positioned to tackle this global epidemic.
Flone Initiative’s Public Safety Certification Stakeholder’s Forum was held on Thursday, 21 January at 5:30 pm at Clarion Hotel (Opposite Jeevanjee Gardens) This one-day event will bring together Nairobi public transport stakeholders and community leaders. These people are committed to improving and expanding development related to public transport.
The transport sector makes up a large part of the Kenyan economy, with PSV SACCOs employing up to 160,000 people. In the past, few women have sought a career in the public transport industry despite having equal skills and education to their male counterparts. Flone Initiative’s Public Safety Certification program provides training on customer service, gender relations, professional development, and other topics of interest to the community. The program aims to improve employment prospects in the industry for both men and women, and the ability of these people to earn a livelihood.
Flone Initiative is bringing principal industry stakeholders into a network advocating for a safer, better and more productive transport sector. The participation of those attending the Stakeholder’s Forum is a real opportunity for community leaders to commit to a smart, sustainable public transit system for Kenya.