Reducing Harm Associated with Women in Using Commercial Motorcycle Transportation in a Developing Country


Ojugbana, D., A. Okonkwo, and K. Olebunne. 2010. “Reducing Harm Associated with Women in Using Commercial Motorcycle Transportation in a Developing Country.” Injury Prevention 16 (1): 121. doi:10.1136/ip.2010.029215.435.

Authors: D. Ojugbana, A. Okonkwo, K. Olebunne


Statement of Purpose: In Nigeria, dangers posed by commercial motorcyclists at nights are very disturbing. Past studies have shown that a high number of harm incidents involved women, who were robbed, brutalised, raped and killed. The situation is similar for most countries in sub Saharan Africa. The study seeks to address the issue of women vulnerability in commercial motorcycle transportation. Summary of Results: Results showed that 75% of respondents agreed that motorcycle transportation at nights is unsafe. 68% affirmed that women are targets. Incidents of rape and abuse were noted. 72% of women respondents have stopped night movements. Police officials confirmed harassment and attack. 90% of victims were unable to give description of attackers. Unorganised system of transportation, poor monitoring and inability of the victims to identify attackers hinder progress. The study concludes that actions of unchecked commercial motorcyclists at nights often result in severe consequences for women. The use of motorcycles for commercial transportation between the hours of 19:00 and 06:00 requires additional measures such as data base with verifiable personal information of cyclists. (Abstract from original source

Topics: Gender, Women, Gender-Based Violence, Infrastructure, Transportation, Sexual Violence

Year: 2010

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