17, July, 2013
NON-ELLA PUBLICATION

‘Pink transportation’ in Mexico City: Reclaiming Urban Space Through Collective Action Against Gender-based Violence

Women-only transportation has become a popular option for urban women around the world who are tired of being groped and harassed in buses, subways and taxis. This article shows how women’s organisations in Mexico City use women-only transportation to create a safe place for female commuters.

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The separation of men and women in public transit is controversial among feminists, since it does not address or solve the fundamental issue of gender inequality which causes violence and harassment. However, less addressed among feminists is how violence makes women afraid to act collectively. To support them, the state can play a role in setting up measures to protect them, while they confront their attackers. This article shows how women’s organisations in Mexico City use women-only transportation to create a safe place for female commuters, where municipal and state authorities have developed ‘pink transportation’. This includes segregated transport together with wider changes to laws, provision of support for victims of violence, and positive images of women which help women act collectively against violence. Pink transportation has catalysed creating wider conversations about gender discrimination, women’s rights and gender equality in media and society.

 

Author: Amy Dunckel-Graglia
Orginal publication date:  July 2013
Publisher: Oxfam GB

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