Soul City Institute for Social Justice (NPO number 012-983) together with other women’s organisations are embarking on a campaign that seeks to create a safe public transportation system for women. The campaign is aimed at coming up with strategies to make public transport safe for women. One of these strategies is developing a national charter to make taxis safer for women.

In the recent months, we have witnessed increased reports of taxi rapes in Johannesburg [1]. One such case involved a woman who was raped in front of her 10 year old child [2].These cases point to women’s safety challenges in accessing public transport.
When accessing taxis, women are exposed to gender based violence in the form of sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape [3]. We are calling on the South African public to contribute to a national #SafeTaxisNow charter for women. This charter should stipulate the actions the Department of Transport and Taxi Associations should take to guarantee women’s safety while accessing taxis.

[1] 3 arrested in taxi rape cases, as more women come forward. City Press. 24 March 2017
[2] Joburg woman raped in taxi in front of her son. Sifiso Zulu for Eye Witness News April 2017
[3] http://www.actionaid.org/south-africa/news/womens-freedom-move-restricted-violence-and-gender-blindness\

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