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New Paper on "Women’s safety and security in public transport in Mekelle, Tigray"

Researcher Azeb T. Legese of the Department of cycling and sustainable mobility has published a paper examining women's safety in public transportation in Mekelle, Tigray (Africa).


  • Women encounter gender-based violence and harassment when they are using public transport.
  • Women’s safety and security is often compromised due mainly to cultural norms and values that reflect in their daily trips.
  • Despite the modest progress on legal protection, harassment against women and girls is still widespread.
  • Incidents of harassments are rarely reported because of repressive cultural norms; and weak legal and regulatory frameworks.
  • Harassments in the urban public transport sector can be deterred through ethical training and awareness creation and strict rule enforcement mechanisms.

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