Safe Ride Campaign to get men involved in preventing sexual assault
Sonke has partnered with the South African National Taxi Association Council (SANTACO) to encourage men to get actively involved in preventing every-day incidents of harassment and gender-based violence in taxis and at taxi ranks.
According to Philip Taaibosch, president of SANTACO: “We transport about 15 million passengers each day and our responsibility as members of the taxi industry is to ensure that people get to their destinations safely. Every passenger needs to feel safe in our taxis. When I, as a taxi driver see a woman or child being abused by another, I must report it to the police”, Taaibosch added.
The campaign, which launched in August this year will criss-cross the country to educate the taxi community about how they can help prevent and stop harassment of, and sexual violence against, women and children.
Download a guide to supporting survivors of sexual violence here – including important contact numbers as well as practical advice on supporting a survivor of abuse physically and emotionally.