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Freedom to Move - Part III: Safety on Public Transport
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a global pandemic that affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime. VAWG is not exclusive of the private sphere; unfortunately, is also common in public spaces. A 2015 study across 22 countries produced by Cornell University shows that 50% of the women interviewed had suffered some form of violence in the public space. Other studies have shown prevalence levels of sexual harassment in public transport that are alarming. This situation is even more worrying considering that women normally make a larger share of users of public transport then men. Several cities have put into place different mechanisms to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and violence in public transport. Some of these measures focus on temporary solutions as women-only cars to mitigate the immediate danger, while others look to address the problem by trying to change gender norms and promote communities’ involvement through bystander interventions. This webinar will showcase some relevant interventions from WB-financed operations to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls in public transport, in Lima, Sierra Leone and Quito.

Dec 2, 2020 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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