We are pleased to announce the launch, today, of a social media campaign to tackle sexual harassment on South Africa’s public transport network.
The campaign highlights various forms of unwanted sexual behaviour that can take place on public transport and aims to send a strong message to offenders that sexual harassment will not be tolerated.
The safety of women and girls is an absolute priority for TETA and this new campaign seeks to ensure everyone feels free to travel on South Africa’s public transport network without anxieties.
Over the next few weeks, we will post content that challenges the normalisation of GBVF and the dismissal of this scourge as 'something that happens' to women and girls on public transport and in other public spaces.
We will highlight the following four common examples of sexual harassment which should not be tolerated on any mode of public transport in South Africa:
Making unsolicited remarks of a sexual nature about someone
Rubbing against someone on purpose
3. Touching / Groping
Touching someone inappropriately
Taking photos under someone's clothing
By raising public awareness of these issues, we hope to encourage all South Africans to look out for signs of GBV, to support each other, and to engage bystanders to speak up so that perpetrators of GBV can be held accountable for their actions.
To amplify our campaign, we have partnered with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), the Gautrain Management Agency, the South African Police Service (SAPS), as well as the Commission for Gender Equality.
We invite you to join the conversations and to share with us your perspectives on what can be done promote the safety of women and children in South Africa’s public transport spaces.