'Pink Transportation’ in Mexico City: Reclaiming Urban Space through Collective Action against Gender-Based Violence.


Graglia, Amy Dunckel. 2013. “‘Pink Transportation’ in Mexico City: Reclaiming Urban Space through Collective Action against Gender-Based Violence.” Gender & Development 21 (2): 265–76. doi:10.1080/13552074.2013.802131.

Author: Amy Dunckel Graglia


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 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.

Topics: Development, Gender, Women, Gender Roles, Gender Analysis, Gender-Based Violence, Gendered Power Relations, Infrastructure, Transportation, Violence Regions: Americas, North America Countries: Mexico

Year: 2013

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