90% of women in Kenya receive harassment calls and SMSs – new study

90% of women in Kenya receive harassment calls and SMSs - new study

In Summary

  • Inmates are some of the biggest harassers
  • Women in Nairobi and Mombasa are the most affected
  • Few women take action against harassment calls or SMSs

9 out of 10 women in Kenya receive harassment and nuisance calls and SMSs, a report from Truecaller has revealed.

In particular, sexual and inappropriate calls were found to be most common among women in Nairobi, where 1 out of 5 women were on the receiving end.

“47% of all the sexual harassment calls/SMS comes from inmates in Kenya, and 53% come from unknown people,” the report said.

Women in urban areas (Nairobi, Mombasa, Kiambu, Nakuru) were found to be the most affected.

The research also revealed that harassment elicits strong reactions from women: from anger and irritation to fear and worry.

Despite this, only 2 out of 10 women in Kenya have taken action against harassment calls; very few ever report such cases to the authority (6%).

For Kenyan women, with little support from authorities and local attitudes, harassment often has to be severe before women speak out, the report adds.

The most common response was found to be blocking such calls or SMSs (49%), followed by ignoring harassing calls or SMSs (40%), calling operator for help (32%), telling harasser to stop (29%) and reporting to the authorities (6%).

Moreover, the research found there is a low percentage (11%) 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.

The study was also conducted in India, Brazil, Egypt and Colombia.

It combined quantitative research conducted by Ipsos 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.

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