Gendered nature of women's mobility: A gender perspective for analyzing women's issues in public transportation in Mexico City, Mexico

In the past few years society has been bombarded with news about women being violently attacked and harassed while using public transportation. While these attacks have created substantial debates on how to immediately address problems of violence, there is still very little explanation as to why they are occurring and if those solutions reach the heart of the problem. Previous research has tended to focus on men’s and women's differences in physical mobility, which tells us a great deal about gender inequality in terms of travel, but very little as to how violence reproduces this inequality. As an alternative perspective, this paper asks, “why does gender-based violence in public transportation occur and how does it demobilize women?” To explore these questions, this paper looks at the case of Mexico City, drawing data from public opinions, surveys, and police reports that can help explain the persistent nature of gender-based violence in public transportation.This paper finds that transportation is a highly gendered place that promotes men's mobility over women's. This paper concludes with a discussion on violence against women in public transit within the context of gender inequality and the use of women-only transportation as a solution.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 393-402
  • Monograph Title: Women's Issues in Transportation 5th International Conference. Proceedings: Bridging the Gap

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  • Accession Number: 01553860
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 2015 3:58PM