Women Only Passenger Car: Segregation or Safety??

Authors: Jessica De Lima*, Universidade Federal De Pernambuco, Maria Leonor Alves Maia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco , Karen Lucas, University of Leeds
Topics: Gender, Latin America, Transportation Geography
Keywords: Gender, transport, women only passenger car, harassment, fear, women
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 6:20 PM
Room: Napoleon D1, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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Women-only passenger car, term used to design women's wagons in subway compositions, is a measure designed to reduce the number of harassment to women on public transport. Although controversial, the measure is adopted in some Brazilian cities. This paper proposes to analyze the case of Recife’s subway, where the measure has been adopted in 2017. 393 questionnaires were applied seeking to better understand the measure’s effectiveness and acceptance. Results show that the measure is approved by users, but is not seen as sufficient in the fight against harassment. Women are more likely not to use the subway out of fear and feel more uncomfortable when it is crowded. The highest rate of harassment is among the youngest women. Data analysis shows there is a problem regarding information, the number of exclusive cars, and exclusively by women.

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