Actions to address women’s safety from across the world

Accomplish • Pulse #3 • 4 min

From Mexico to spain ans passing by Australia, discover ou selection of initiatives that help make public transport safer for women.

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Mind the gender gap: moving towards equality in public transport

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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.


“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.”


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.


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.

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“Historically, cities have been designed by and for men.”

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Delhi Transport Corporation worked with Jagori, a women’s advocacy group, to run gender sensitisation sessions for drivers and conductors. Drivers were made to sit on the bus and watch role-plays about women’s journey experiences in order to understand gender issues and sexual harassment and become stakeholders in making transport safer for women. Women-only cars have been introduced in the New Delhi Metro.


Transport authorities in Madrid launched a campaign in June 2017 against manspreading with signs placed on all city buses. The initiative was driven by EMT, the City Council’s equality department and women’s group Microrrelatos Feministas. A similar campaign is planned for the city’s Metro system. Clara Serra, politician and member  of the Madrid Assembly: “We believe that putting a name to and making visible these kinds of daily sexist behaviours is the way ahead to become more aware and leaving inequality and machismo behind.”


In 2013, only 12% of employees of Melbourne operator Yarra Trams were women. It launched a Driven Women recruitment campaign to address the barriers that prevented women from applying for tram driver roles, including misconceptions about safety issues, earning potential and working conditions. The campaign quickly yielded results : in the first two years after its launch, the number of job applications from women increased nine-fold. Today, women account for more than 22% of Yarra Trams’ workforce and driver recruitment is now 50 :50. Craig Ypinazar, Director, People and Organisational Effectiveness said, “It’s important that our employees reflect the diversity of the community we serve.  A diverse and inclusive workplace make good business sense, and we continue to work on new ways to attract and retain diverse talent across Yarra Trams.”


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