Karma calls for a halt to gender violence on public transport
To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we wish to combat the kinds of sexist attitudes and behaviour that affect women on public transport.
Karma’s message is Prou (enough) and she invites us to denounce sexual harassment.
One out of every five women has suffered harassment on public transport.
- According to the latest mobility survey from the Metropolitan Transport Authority, 60% of the public transport network’s users are women.
- According to the latest survey on gender violence, promoted by the City Council’s Councillor’s Office for Feminism and LGBTI Affairs, women who have been victims of gender violence point to the public arena as the most common place of sexual harassment and, among public spaces, transport takes first place, at 21.6% of cases. One out of every five women has suffered harassment on public transport.
TMB Ten-point list for preventing harassment
- TMB expresses its firm commitment to real and effective equality between men and women.
- TMB undertakes to promote respectful and peaceful behaviour on its public transport networks and peaceful coexistence between users, regardless of their sex.
- TMB undertakes to adopt appropriate measures to avoid any form of discrimination on the grounds of sex against users of its transport networks.
- TMB declares its complete rejection of any behaviour contrary to the freedom, dignity and physical and mental integrity of its users, and of any other person linked to its public transport networks.
- TMB confirms its intention to continue carrying out awareness-raising initiatives for combating any offensive expression towards the sex of people during their travel experience.
- TMB expresses its resounding disapproval of lewd or intimidating gestures, stares and insinuations directed at metro or bus users, irrespective of their physical appearance or clothing.
- TMB is committed to actively listening to all women who feel harassed sexually or on the grounds of their sex as well as who have witnessed displays of this type of unwanted behaviour.
- TMB reaffirms its wish to continue re-enforcing preventive measures and tackling sexual and sex-related harassment to protect women users of its metro and bus networks.
- TMB expresses its wish to work together with the competent players and authorities to prepare a protocol for action against sexual and sex-related harassment, to ensure public transport networks are safe, respectful and comfortable environments for everyone.
- TMB assumes the responsibility of making the content of this document and its purpose known through all possible channels.