Women conductors in the transport sector are calling on the government to enact laws that will provide for them a favourable working environment with their male counterparts.
The female touts during a Women in Transport conference say that the current working environment is very hospital and is not making them compete favourably with the men.
Staminar Bonnamie who has been in the industry for more than 14 years says that their current biggest challenges are job security and sexual harassment.
“I have been working as a tout since 2008. Many female conductors like me have gone for maternity leaves only to come back and find their jobs taken by the men,” said Bonnamie.
“Some of us are not even allowed to take showers because our duties will be handed over to someone else who is not going through female issues that need utmost hygiene,” she says.
Sexual harassment from male colleagues, clients and even police officers have also been cited as some of the challenges the female conductors experience.
“We face harassment from colleagues, customers even police officers. We have been reporting but no action is taken.”
The Women and Transport seminar was organized by FLONE an initiative established to create a safe and professional transport industry for women and vulnerable groups.
The three day conference is being held at a Nairobi Hotel.