Motorcycle Taxi Operators’ Perceptions of Sexual and Gender Minorities in Coastal Region, Kenya
This study sought to investigate motorcycle taxi operators’ perceptions of sexual and gender minorities in Coastal region. A sequential exploratory mixed method research design was used. In total, nineteen motorcycle taxi operators participated in two focus group discussions, while 139 responded to a structured questionnaire, out of a target population of 505 motorcycle taxi operators. The sampling technique used was purposive sampling for the focus group discussions participants and probability proportionate to size sampling for the structured questionnaires. Thematic content analysis was used to analyze qualitative data, while descriptive statistics was used to analyze quantitative data. The study established that cultural values, religious perspectives and a lack of knowledge on the rights of gender and sexual minorities embedded in the constitution were major factors in instigating violence towards gender and sexual minorities. On the basis of the study results, the researchers recommend that for better understanding of sexual and gender minorities in the society, trainings, workshops and sensitization programmes should be held with the public, including with influential social groups such as motorcycle taxi operators. The outcomes and recommendations of this study will help human rights policy makers, civil society groups and government agencies in informing the public on the human rights of sexual and gender minorities.
publication description ;The International Journal of Humanities and Social Studies
publication dateDec 31, 2016
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