1 OUT OF 5 WOMEN IN KENYA RECEIVES SEXUAL HARASSMENT CALLS AND SMS – Truecaller

1 OUT OF 5 WOMEN IN KENYA RECEIVES SEXUAL HARASSMENT CALLS AND SMS – Truecaller

1 OUT OF 5 WOMEN IN KENYA RECEIVES SEXUAL HARASSMENT CALLS AND SMS – Truecaller

Sexual harassment has become rampant and common among women in Kenya and the world at large. Several women face physical, social media and call/SMS sexual harassment.

According to a report released by Truecaller on 05/03/2020

  •  1 out of 5 women in Kenya receives sexual harassment calls and SMS
  • Inmates are some of the biggest harassers
  • Women in Nairobi & Mombasa are the most affected by sexual and inappropriate calls & SMS
  • Few women takes action against harassment calls/SMS

A research conducted by Ipsos showed that,

  • Sexual and inappropriate calls are common among women in Nairobi, where 1 out of 5 women receive this type of communication.
  • 47% of all the sexual harassment calls/SMS comes from inmates in Kenya, and 53% come from unknown people. The fact that the harassers are selecting women at random to harass is perplexing and irritating, especially in a country like Kenya where that level is high.
  • Despite it being common for women to receive sexual or inappropriate calls and SMS, there’s a concerningly low percentage of women who think these types of calls constitute harassment. Only 11% of all women who have received sexual harassment calls/SMS consider it as harassment.
  • Women in urban areas are being the most affected by sexual harassment calls/SMS. 

The research by Ipsos also indicated that women who face this form of harassment react in anger and irritation. Only 6% of the victims take action against harassment calls.

Charles Getembe

Charles Getembe

Charles Getembe is the founder and CEO of The Campus Magazine. He is a passionate writer specialized in Print Journalism from The University of Nairobi.

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