KMET ENGAGES BODA BODA TRANSPORT OPERATORS ON GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

 

Sexual Gender based violence remains the most common form of violated human right in our communities today even though most cases go unheard. In order to clear, the ambiguity of issues related to gender based violence and to address the root causes, KMET is engaging communities from the ground level.  
We held a sensitization workshop in Siaya County with Boda Boda transport operators from six cub-counties together with representatives from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education in sessions on SGBV, child rights protection and the reporting protocol of sexual and gender violence.

Boda Boda operators have often been accused of taking advantage of teenage girls and young women by offering their transport services or money in exchange for sexual favors and engaging in other forms of sexual violence.  They however believe that they can change this negative perception by being champions against SGBV in the community in collaboration with KMET and other partners in Siaya County.


The participants discussed men and women’s sexual and reproductive rights and the importance of seeking health services in case of sexual violence. Timely access of health services helps in reducing physical and emotional trauma that survivors would otherwise suffer silently throughout their lives if not treated.


"My office will ensure there is a gender desk and a dedicated hotline at the Siaya County Referral Hospital by the end of this year," said Dr. Eunice Fwaya who is the Deputy Director for Curative Services in Siaya County.


She made this commitment after being challenged by the steps made by other county referral hospitals in management of sexual and gender based violence, for instance, Kisumu’s Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, which has a fully-fledged gender-based violence recovery wing.


The team recognized the strategic and important role that boda boda operators play in disseminating information to the community through their clients and had the operators came up with a work plan to coordinate advocacy activities for gender equality and male involvement in child rights and SGBV issues.