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Safe Ride – Ambassador Denmark, Sonke Gender Justice and SANTACO

This week we talk about the national Safe Ride campaign, an initiative launched between Sonke Gender Justice and the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO), with the support of the Danish Embassy in South Africa. Our guests, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to South Africa Ms Trine Rask Thygesen, Ms Nonhlanhla Skosana, Community Education and Mobilisation Manager at Sonke Gender Justice and Ms Memory Madikgoe from the Women’s Desk of the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) unpack the details of this campaign, which is aimed at preventing and responding to the abuse of women and girls at the hands of taxi personnel. We discuss the psychological and physical impact of gender based violence on the individual in her private and public life. Women’s rights are human rights and the integrity of these rights must be upheld by all members of society. There is a need to change pervasive cultural thinking and attitudes to women by engaging with men. In the Safe Ride initiative men are regarded as critical partners, to help create safe travel for girls and women. Tune in for more…

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