SECURING WOMEN’S JOURNEYS IN MEXICO CITY
The Viajemos Seguras (Travelling Safely) programme began in 2008 aims to prevent and penalise violence against women and girls in public transport. Following the introduction and enforcement of women-only cars on Metro lines and buses, the deployment of personnel on bus networks and policewomen in stations to assist with complaints has led to an increase in female-user participation.
FRANCE : WOMEN-LED EXPLORATORY WALKS
“In France women are the main passengers on public transport and the primary victims of sexual harassment and violence. We began exploratory walks on bus lines in Lyon in 2015 with the aim of actively involving women in identifying safety risks and potential solutions with us. This led to concrete improvements such as newer, more comfortable buses, better lighting and redesigned bus waiting areas, as well as awareness building initiatives such as educating drivers on women’s safety issues and highlighting the 7,500 video surveillance cameras across our transport network. Last year we began a campaign to mobilise passengers against sexual harassment, explaining how to report incidents and reminding perpetrators of the sanctions.”
LONDON : JOINT ACTION AGAINST SEXUAL OFFENCES ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Project Guardian, a partnership between Transport for London (TfL) and the police, created a team of officers dedicated to dealing with unwanted sexual behaviour crimes and support victims. To encourage more passengers to report incidents, TfL created a “Report it to stop it” campaign in 2015, and a film, which has been viewed over 13 million times. In parallel, police officers engaged with the public, giving advice to commuters, reassuring women that reports would be taken seriously and distributing leaflets explaining the reporting process. Over the past three years, the number of incidents reported has doubled, with a 36% increase in arrests for unwanted sexual offences on London’s transport network.
SEOUL : WOMENFRIENDLY CITY PROJECT (WFCP)
Authorities in Seoul have set out to implement women-friendly policies that address safety and convenience since 2007. To incorporate women’s perspectives, WFCP created a framework that involves women’s civic groups, government officials and experts in fields such as transportation, architecture and environment to guide policy-making from planning to implementation.