Public transport and women’s safety

Living in a city can be tough. Places are crowed, you have to watch your step and belongings all the time. Especially as a woman city life could turn from joy into annoy. Check out this popular video below. It is a 10hours walk in NYC of a female.

Let’s face it men are always interested into female appearance. There is nothing about it, until it is interest only. But sometimes it gets more than that. Men harassing women is a worldwide issue. It can happen every time and everywhere. Aren’t there any solutions to it?

The first time I saw different emergency measurements for sexual harassment was when I visited Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Taiwan is one of the safest countries in the world. But even though the subway gates have special waiting areas for females after 11pm. But most impressive are the public busses. Whistles hang from the roof handrails everywhere in the bus. There are also some emergency buttons and an emergency exit. So, public busses in Taipei are well equipped for women to feel save.

I also just read in the news that the pink taxi has launched in India. The fleet called MeruEve belongs to one of the biggest cab companies in India “Meru cabs”. It is only for women with female drivers, equipped with pepper spray and panic buttons. Also the drivers are well educated in self-defense. Innovative seems the cooperation with Dehli Police by adding mobile phones with video recording into the cabs. Well, since there are uncountable issues in India about men badly harassing women, such safety measures are a great achievement. In my opinion it is a good start which should be the motivation for India to implement more of these measures into the public transport since not everybody might have the money to take a fancy cab for 30ct/km all the time.

Back to Taiwan: I think that taking care about women’s safety in public raises the awareness of people about the issue more. For example a potential harasser sees the whistles in the bus or the special waiting zones for females and gets intimidated and then might stop. Also seeing these measurements in public must influence the behavior generally.

In my opinion a city has the duty to think about women’s safety in public transport and to create helpful and easy solutions. Personally, for me if a city like Taipei does something for women to feel more save, the whole environment seems to be more attractive. A city of the 21st century must not only think about getting sustainable but also about how to become a save and attractive place for citizens. Women’s safety would be a great start!

Also in Tokyo there are extra women-only cars during rush hour where seriously only females are allowed to enter. In my previous article I wrote generally about the metro system in Tokyo. Check it out here.

Can you think about other measures than which I talked about above? Should a city take more responsibility concerning women’s safety in public? Have you seen already other cities than these above with similar measurements?

Comment below if you have.

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Jo

Hi there, I am Jo. Currently, I am a blogger and student, based in London, UK. Living in urban settings with a passion for sustainability inspired me to create this blog. Here, I want to capture and share some of my urban explorations, experiences and thoughts. Feel free to click around, give feedback, share the blog or connect with me. Cheers!

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