n Gender and Behaviour - Resisting occupational gender stereotypes : experiences of taxi women conductors in Kenya

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1596-9231



Kenya is a highly patriarchal society where gender imbalances and inequality is evidently manifest through gender based violence, and lack of right to ownership of assets and property and segregation of roles and duties. In defiance to the gender roles, women are beginning to encroach in nontraditional jobs such as commercial private transport sector which is regarded as highly masculine, unregulated, chaotic and ruled by the 'law of the jungle'. The female conductors' age ranged between 25 and 36 years old were single parents with children between 1 to 7 years and had a history of failed relationships and deteriorating economic prospects before joining the taxi industry. Drawn due to financial desperation, women conductors endured sexual harassment, exploitation and gender based violence from their male colleagues, police officers, passengers and owners.

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