Mafisi mumezidi! 1 out of 5 women in Kenya receives sexual harassment calls and SMS

Truecaller Insights report has revealed that 9 out of ten women in Kenya receive harassment and nuisance calls and SMS.

The report aims to understand the impact of harassment calls & SMS for women in Kenya, India, Brazil, Egypt and Colombia.

The report combines quantitative research conducted by Ipso’s in each local market, to get the statistics behind the problem, with face to face interviews with local women to give context and reality to the data.

The key findings from the report are that sexual and inappropriate calls are common among women in Nairobi, where 1 out of 5 women receive this type of communication.

47 per cent 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, only 11% of all women who have received sexual harassment calls/SMS consider it as harassment.

Women in urban areas are the most affected by sexual harassment calls/SMS. Nairobi being the top.

From the study, only 2 out of ten women in Kenya have taken action against harassment calls, and very few ever report this to the authority.

The survey was conducted from the period November 22nd, 2019 to February 24th, 2020.

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