A group of trusted drivers has also been identified, and they can be relied upon to transport girls to school in safety.
Plan and the local authorities are also incentivizing good behavior by awarding permits, allowing drivers who receive no complaints to operate outside Kharaillah. Previously, tuk tuk drivers were restricted to operating in a single community, which limited their earning potential.
“Tuk tuk drivers have started to change the way they are treating girls because we’re already receiving less complaints from girls,” says Khaled Hamouda, who chairs the board of the community center where the Safer Cities project takes place.
“Change is happening so we are optimistic,” he said. “We are creating a new generation that will abandon harassment.”
Find out more about Plan’s Safer Cities project in Egypt.