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80 Percent Of Girls In Kampala Sexually Harassed By Taxi Tots

About 80 Percent of Kampala adolescent girls  have been sexually harassed by taxi tots, Irene Kagoya Plan Uganda Country Manager for advocacy has revealed.

Kagoya on behalf of civil society organisations therefore demands parliament to put strict clause in the proposed traffic and road safety Bill 1998 to ensure that perpetuators are prosecuted for the offence.

“We demand parliament to first track the proposed traffic and road safety bill. This ensure safety of girls in public spaces including motorized transport vehicles to realize social economic and political rights for the girls,” Kagoya said.

She said 80 percent of adolescent girls are not safe in public transport spaces because of sexual violence.

In recent survey in Kampala revealed that safety for adolescents girls in both public spaces is not guaranteed due to sexual abuse and sexual assault.

The survey also revealed that 60% of girls are kidnapped and murdered in Kampala and this  perpetuated by taxi operators.

Kagoya asked works ministry to restrict transport industry  licensing process to ensure that  only vehicles that can accommodate persons with disabilities are allowed to do business.

She also wants authorities to streamline operations of taxis so they operate under legal umbrella for easy management.

“we suggest taxis form sacco at district, municipal level with each entity having identification to instill discipline,” Kagoya explained.

She was speaking at breakfast meeting with members of Parliament and Uganda women parliamentary association on the proposed amendment of traffic and road safety bill to address sexual violence perpetuated by in the transport sector.

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