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‘Pink transportation’ in Mexico City: reclaiming urban space through collective action against gender-based violence

‘Pink transportation’ in Mexico City: reclaiming urban space through collective action against gender-based violence
11 pages

Authors
Dunckel-Graglia, Amy

Editors
Sweetman, Caroline
Journal
Gender & Development Volume 21 Issue 2 Feminist Solidarity and Collective Action

Publication date
01 Jul 2013

DOI
10.1080/13552074.2013.802131

Publisher
Oxfam GB
Routledge

Type
Journal article

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. 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 articleshows how women’s organisations in Mexico City use women-only transportation to create a safe place for female commuters, where municipal and state authorities havedeveloped ‘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.

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