Established in 2013, Flone Initiative is a women-led organization, working towards the creation of safe, sustainable and accessible public transportation spaces for women and vulnerable groups in Africa, by influencing behavioral change, generating knowledge and movement-building.
The Women in Transportation Program (WIT Program) seeks to recruit, retain and promote women in the public transportation sector. This program confronts gender based violence and discrimination by providing monthly capacity building workshops and other supports to women who are currently employed in the public transportation industry.
Flone Initiative’s main activities are community sensitization on sexual harassment and violence, training of public transport operators, empowering women professionals in the transportation industry and ensuring victims of harassment obtain justice.
Ending Sexual Violence in Public Transportation – Flone Initiative’s Public Safety Certificate program (Usalama Wa Uma) has trained 554 Kenyan public transport operators in Bungoma, Kayole, Mombasa, Embakasi, Kisumu, Nyeri and Githurai 44 and 45 on gender equality and prevention of sexual violence.
Capacity Building for Women in Transportation (WIT) – Flone Initiative’s WIT program has facilitated trainings for women working in the transport sector on basic first aid, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), financial planning, how to assist commuters living with disabilities, customer service, sexual and reproductive health and mental health.
Monitoring and Mapping Incidences of Sexual Assault – Flone Initiative’s Report it! Stop it! Crowd mapping platform has mapped out stripping and other incidences of sexual violence in the public transport terminals in Kenya since 2012.
Grassroots Organizing and Systemic Change – In November 2014, Flone Initiative was among the lead organizers of the #MyDressMyChoice campaign that highlighted the sexual violence meted on women in the Kenyan public transport industry.
Flone Initiative has received support from Global Fund for Women, VOICE, Ashoka, UN Habitat, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the Awesome Foundation, the Harnisch Foundation, International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), Africa Women’s Development and communication Network (FEMNET) and others. Flone Initiative sustains its programming through individual donations, special events and grants. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.floneinitiative.org.