‘Safe cities for girls’ initiates dialogue for girls and taxi owners

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BY GEORGINA KEKEA

TODAY marks the International Day of the Girl Child. As part of this commemoration, a dialogue between taxi fleets and a Non-Government Organization (NGO) is taking place today.

Kings Taxi Service and Aceford Taxi Services are two fleets in Honiara that will be joining the NGO, ‘Safer cities for girls’ to commemorate this event.

20 adolescent girls including 300 taxi owners will be part of the dialogue today.

The dialogue is to provide a reflective space to talk through issues between adolescent girls and the public transport owners.

Topics will be on safety issues from adolescent girls’ experiences in public transport and what they would like to see from public transport to ensure it is safe for girls.

Kings Taxi and Aceford Taxi service were selected to be part of this dialogue because of the owners’ commitment to work as partners.

According to Safer Cities, their goal as an NGO is to build safe, accountable, and inclusive cities with and for adolescent girls (aged 13-18).

Safer Cities for Girls seeks to close existing gaps between urban programming targeting either ‘youth’ or ‘women’ by focusing on adolescent girls who are often the most excluded and marginalized populations in a city.

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