Capacity Building for Motorbike Riders in Human Rights
“Having a voice”
Project: Capacity Building for Motorbike Riders in Human Rights, Democracy and Peacebuilding
Duration: 2006 to 2012
Supported by: NED
Everybody in Sierra Leone knows commercial bike riders for their very own style of riding a motor bike. But not only that: People are aware that Motorbike Riders are often former rebels who were reintegrated and offered a bike to get them off the streets and create income. The existing is a post conflict phenomenon.
Conflicts with passengers, the police and road users are very common. And the dynamics often get out of control. As a result of the assessment (The Dilemma of Reconciliation in Sierra Leone. Challenges posed on the Role of Civil Society) undertaken by Green Scenery’s director Joseph Rahall the commercial Motorbike Riders were one of the areas were peacebuilding activities should be initiated. Green Scenery got engaged with capacity building and advocacy.
Workshops on civic responsibilities, democracy and Human Rights filled the gap of knowledge on the commercial Motorbike Riders side, radio discussions and rallies informed the public about their commitment to peace.
Management trainings supported the interim body of the association to gain credibility among their members and fulfill their difficult task in a transparent way.
Talks and workshops with the police and other stakeholders supported the dialogue between conflicting parties and brought some basic understanding.
To become a full member of civil society commercial Motorbike Riders transformed their association into a union. Working on a constitution that will sustain, holding consultative member and delegates meetings, introducing a voting system, organizing a national assembly – Green Scenery facilitated the transformation process and Motorbike Riders practiced democracy.
After the launching ceremony of the union Youth organisations recognized the important role Motobike Riders are playing in the country and became engaged.
Bike monitors including females are trained on trafic rules and commercial Motorbike riders acticities on the streets. In case of trafic offenses monitors mediate between the police and the riders and avoid legal cases. Monitors issue tickets which are paid directly to the union.
Today the interim national body of the union is preparing for elecctions.
Green Scenery advises the interim body of the union, gets stakeholders on board and monitors the transitional process. 147.000 Bike Riders are registered by now! The union is still a big challenge!
The Sierra Leone Commercial Motor Bike Riders Union project ended with leadership training and a reconciliation process with the formal executive and the newly elected executive.The Process took place in the Southern Province Moyamba District where the aggrieved Executive resides.
Fambul tok assisted in the reconciliation process as they have succeeded in bringing perpetrators and victims together to maintaine peace in most of the districts in Sierra Leone.